If I wasn't in need of a drink before heading out to Bistro Vue, I certainly was by the time we arrived. What should have been a 20 minute trip, turned into a 45 minute shocker. I have not seen traffic as bad as this for a long time.
Glasses of Gardet Brut proved an ideal way to wash away those traffic woes and a great match for this trio of oysters
Clair de Lune
Rusty Wire - is a generic name given to the "best on the day" oysters
Angasi - our native flat oyster
We selected the 2004 Coldstream Hills Reserve Cabernet Blend to enjoy with the rest of our meal.
French Onion Soup with Beer, topped with Gruyere
Sometimes French Onion soup can be a touch too hearty, this had a lot of flavour but somehow managed not to give you that bloated feeling. It does come out piping hot!
Slow cooked Duck Eggs with cepe puree and pancetta grissini
Underneath the yolk sits a silky cepe puree - the eggs have been slow cooked for I think 2 hours at 60°C leaving them wonderfully runny. There's a lovely drizzle of white truffle oil over the pancetta wrapped grissini. Every now and again you get hit with that lovely white truffle flavour.
Plat du Jour for Friday: Pied de Cochon - Pigs trotter
Paalo does have a weakness for pig trotter - this comes out as a tight roll but just falls apart in a wonderously gelatinous "mess". It comes with mashed potatoes and a simple leaf salad.
Chargrilled Wagyu served with Goose Fat fried Pommes Frites
You do have a choice of sauces, pepper, béarnaise, diane - I decided on the Béarnaise. I also got to taste some of the Bistro Vue Truffle Mustard which is beyond delicious. It was so good we bought a jar!
The wagyu was superb - it ranks up there as one of the best.
Tarte tatin aux pommes
Paalo just finds it impossible to go past it.
Red berries with honey jelly, warm white chocolate mousse and raspberry praline
I enjoy one of the one newer desserts - at the bottom of the glass are an assortment of macerated red berries, interspersed by small cubes of honey jelly. Above it, served as a thick white band is the warm white chocolate mousse. The glass is crowned with a disc of what I'd call raspberry flavoured toffee.
430 Little Collins Street
Entrance via New Chancery Laneway
Phone: 9691 3838
Monday-Saturday: 11am until Late