In a five week period, A’s been in Canberra for 6 days. On the weekend she was home, I organised date night at Les Bistronomes, knowing full well that she’ll love the fact it features one of her favourite cuisines – French.
It was a warm evening and we opted to sit outside in the alfresco area. Our lovely French waiter told us the cocktail special of the evening ($13), which was a twist on the French favourite, the kir royale, but with lavender liqueur instead of crème de cassis. We were also provided with fresh bread and a smoked tomato butter.
As I had already pre-ordered our main, we only needed to order our entrée. The special of the day was a duck liver pate and cherry tomato jelly, served with lavash ($17). I was lucky to have saved my bread, so I could eat the pate with that, as the lavash was a little thin to smear pate onto without cracking. Overall though, it was excellent pate.
Between our entrée and main, A ordered a carafe (375ml) of the 2011 Miceli Lucy’s Choice “Pinot Noir” ($29.50) to the table. I love when restaurants offer carafes, as A and I never order a bottle between us.
The filet de boeuf en croute au foie gras er duxelle champignon (beef wellington with mushroom duxelle, foie gras and red wine jus) was pre-ordered beforehand ($88 for two people with a side dish included in the price). Timing is crucial when beef wellington is concerned but when it was bought to the table it looked perfect – the pastry was beautifully golden.
When it arrived to the table in halves, we could see that the meat was still slightly pink in the middle. Our waitress told us that the chef was trained by Gordon Ramsay in making this beef wellington. We loved this dish, as the meat was tender and we loved the mushroom and fois gras filling. We highly recommend pre-ordering this dish!
The mesclun de salad (fine leaf salad) had a lovely, light vinegrette.
The frites ($9) were golden, crunchy and perfectly salted. As much as the frites probably weren’t required as a side to our pastry-laden main, A and I were happy we decided to order them as the salty flavour went well with our main.
There is the typical French dessert on the menu – creme brûlée – and when I saw it arrive at a nearby table, it looked fantastic. Alas, we couldn’t contemplate dessert after such a lavish dinner unfortunately, however I can’t wait to return to Les Bistronomes to try other dishes. A and I loved our dinner at Les Bistronomes and we loved meeting the happy and friendly French wait staff.