The French won and we ventured inside...
The bistro is airy and comfortable. There's dark wood and lots of light coming in from the windows. Accents of bright green keep it fresh and from being the boring chocolate brown, cream, taupe palette that has been fashionable in the last 5 or so years.
The strange puffball skirt lamp shades remind me of the pink puffball skirt my friend had back in the 80s that I was insanely jealous of. However, I owned the on trend yellow and black polka dot skirt with elastic waistband and three quarter length leggings attached a la Kylie Minogue in The Locomotion. All's fair in 80s childhood fashions.
Waiter service is friendly and understated French. The navy blue Lacoste polo shirts add that Continental refined look!
We begin by breaking bread and drinking wine. A Scotchman Hill sauvignon blanc which is softly refreshing. The bread is warm and crusty. Tres bien so far.
The soup is thick with onion and it's a big bowl. I find it quite salty though so would struggle to finish the whole thing. The steak tartater is pretty good. Chunks of meat that isn't finely minced and I prefer the coarser texture. Sometimes it can be a bit too much like raw sausage meat. The salad accompaniment is refreshing with a vinegary / lemony dressing.
So far a good solid start to the meal and we are beginning to like Guillaume.
I go for the leg of duck confit with fresh peas, lardons and shallot butter. Oh this is so good. I know it's made with cream and is so bad but it tastes so fresh. Those sweet peas and the salty bacon and the duck are all perfect. The Paris mash we order as a side dish comes in a cute little dish and has the texture of silky ice cream. It's so so so bad for you and there is so much butter and cream in it but it's so so so good to eat.
We decide to have a break before taking on dessert. The table next to us is discussing Australian politics, Russian literature and carbon tax. We're clutching our stomachs and talking about spending the rest of the afternoon napping. Steve spots Marilyn from Home and Away / Louise from Emmerdale on another table! Guess which table we were more interested in?
Other entertaining highlights include gazing out the window at the people coming and going from what we can only assume as some sort of comic book, gaming convention in full fancy dress. Highlights include Hellboy, Batgirl and a female Robin as well as wigs and hairstyles of all colours and shapes and props of all huge proportions.
I'd heard the tarte tatin was pretty amazing. It's not my kind of dessert as I'm not one for baked, stewed or dried fruit but I was convincing enough that Steve ordered one. Oh my! I enjoyed the bite I had. The pastry was flaky and light and the apple was very good. If all baked fruit tasted like this I'd be a fan!
A pot of English Breakfast tea came with a cute macaron. It looked gorgeous; all perfect and round and pink and it tasted great. Crispy then chewy, sugar sweet then a taste of berries.
The meal started off decently but got steadily better. We saw a couple come in just for dessert and the fresh raspberry macaron looked amazing so definitely worth remember coming back for that. This is a great French bistro. I was a little disappointed to see a steak frites come out of the kitchen and the frites were quite chunky and not the thin shoe string fries but I'm not going to hold that against it after all it's only a french fry!