If you’re hankering for some French food that doesn’t break the bank, then maybe you’d like to head out to Bistro Guillaume. But, when I say without breaking the bank, you’d have to go there for lunch though because that’s when they’ve got their lunchtime special.
Inspired by France’s most popular neighbourhood bistros, Bistro Guillaume belongs to Guillaume Brahimi, a French chef that’s based in Sydney. I first heard of him from one of those cooking shows I used to watch when the kids were younger and when I had that thing called Foxtel 😉 .
It was a long time coming and finally after years of yearning to try out the food there, I finally got to when we went there for Miss 14’s birthday earlier this year. That was on the recommendation of Tine from Beautyholics Anonymous who had her reader’s catch up lunch there sometime last year. She was the one that told me about their lunch special – two courses for $50 – not bad I say!
This French bistro is located at Crown, where The Brasserie used to be – another favourite of mine that I used to frequent with Mr. C. Not to be confused with The French Brasserie over on Malthouse Lane in the city. Also another favourite of mine and the family. I just think this family loves French food… That’s it really.
During the birthday lunch we ordered their escargot (snails) and the charcuterie plate for our entrees to share. I think the French and Italian do their meat boards really well. For our mains Miss 14 went for the roast chicken, Miss 12, the baby snapper, Mr. C the pork belly, Master 10 the steak and I had the slow cooked lamb neck. We managed to finish our mains, with both Mr. C and I helping Miss 14 and Master 10 out with theirs. The portions might not look big but boy were they very filling. Taste wise? The meals were cooked to perfection! The lamb fell off the bone as it should be and was cooked in this lovely, rich sauce. We kept on stealing the mash off Miss 14’s plate and the steak was cooked just the way we requested it to be.
For dessert, we shared a plate of chocolate torte and profiteroles. The perfect ending to the perfect meal! Sorry I didn’t take any photos because we were just too hungry to bother!
Duck confit I had for lunch with Tine
I went there again two weeks ago with Tine for lunch after an event we both attended and this time I had the duck confit. It had the nice mix of crisp and tenderness, as how a finished duck confit should be. No dryness on the inside, thank goodness. Tine had the pork belly, which had the perfect crispy skin on the outside. Both Tine and I were filled to the brim with the main and the desserts we chose for our meals.
This will definitely be the next French family favourite, thanks to the good food and great service. The lunch time specials with the reasonable prices didn’t hurt either.
Crown Entertainment Complex
Tel: 03 9292 4751
Have you been to Bistro Guillaume? What do you think of it? Do you love French cuisine too? Which restaurants have you been to?