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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Lunch @ Bistro Vue

It's the end of the financial year and we're off to the city to take advantage of those final sales and since we're in town we've popped in to Bistro Vue for a leisurely lunch.

Bistro Vue

It's just typical that when I went to turn on my camera, the battery was dead so Paalo is taking the photos with his cameraphone.

champagne

We start with glasses of Jacquesson Champagne and Badoit Sparkling Mineral Water.

rillettes

We both decide to have the special entree - duck and pork rillettes with truffle butter and what comes out is about three times the size we had expected. It was rich and delicious but neither of us could finish our pot - we have to leave room for the main.

Côte De Boeuf

For the main we decide to have one of the "Plats pour Deux" - this was the Côte De Boeuf, Char-grilled 250 day grain feed Wagyu Rib Eye and it comes with a cone of their duck fat fries.

Côte De Boeuf

I had the extra bonus of having the bone on my plate. We also order a side of green beans that have been sautéed with garlic.

A lot of people make a bit deal about the cost of dining at Vue de Monde but Bistro Vue is a different beast. The same quality and philosophy is there but at prices that would shame most suburban restaurants. The Côte de Beouf is only $33 a person.

We somehow find room for dessert - caused in part by taking half an hour to savour the last glass from our bottle of Beaujolais and choosing the soufflé which takes 20 minutes to prepare.

Trio of Brûlée

Paalo has the Trio of Brûlée - from left to right they are, mandarin, chestnut and vanilla bean

Soufflé à la Pistache

while I have the unbelievably indulgent Soufflé à la Pistache with Pistachio Ice cream and Chocolate Sauce. As it's placed before you the server makes a hole in the top of the soufflé and starts pouring in the chocolate sauce - this then causes the soufflé to lift out of the pan.

The details:

Bistro Vue
Normandy Chambers
430 Little Collins St (Entry via New Chancery Lane)
Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9691 3838

Open: Monday to Saturday 11am to Late

Web:
Bistro Vue

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