A lovely little bistro reminiscent of Paris in Prahran. Friendly welcome. Visited midweek with my lovely colleague Tanya and the place was pretty quiet but it's such an intimate environment it didn't feel empty.
Ordered a glass of pinot gris each which tasted a little sweet for a pinot gris but it was a hot evening so we drank it anyway!
We both went for the "Pave a la Bearnaise" which was described as deliciously melting grain fed thick eye fillet with pommes salardaise and bearnaise sauce.
The steak was definitely meltingly delicious. Soft and tender and cooked well. The bearnaise sauce was creamy and fresh - not too heavy.
The pommes salardaise were tender slices of roasted potato along with mushrooms and flavoured with herbs and garlic. It was a great plate of food and very enjoyable.
A bowl of salad greens also came with the meal and it was fresh with a zingy dressing.
Everything was well seasoned and very enjoyable. Although I loved this dish, there is a little part of me that just wanted it all to come with a bowl of shoe string fries for the steak frites feel. Had that have happened, I would have thought that I was in Paris with the Eiffel Tower outside.
Indeed it was self indulgent but a dessert shared means only half the guilt. The fondant was moist and oozy. The baked part was soft and spongey. The chocolate flavour was dark and deep but not sugary sweet.
Chez Olivier is a great little French bistro in a fun neighbourhood. It's great for a date or with a girlfriend for some girly chit chat. It's fairly quiet and low key. Understated dishes done well and not showy or over the top.