It's been too long between visits so for our last restaurant meal of 2009 we're off to Les Boucheries Parisiennes. There's a few new dishes on the menu and some favourites so we've left the decision making in the very capable hands of Chef Paul.
While you know you're always going to get really good steak here, the scallops are just as reliable. Plump Canadian scallops quickly seared so they stay translucent on the inside served atop a pea and parsley risotto that would make an Italian mama very happy.
Wonderfully crisp and meaty soft shell crabs.
A triology of pork is Paalo's description - crisp skinned pork belly, cabbage and bacon salad topped with crisp pancetta.
You don't often see Rainbow Trout on the menu
but you must admit it looks quite lovely - those sweet potato crisps seem to accentuate the colour of the trout.
On the other side of the plate is a densely packed round of spiced crab topped with diced avocado.
Tender duck breast still lovely and pink, matches well with the earthy mashed potato. Confit duck ravioli is delightful with its beautifully thin dough.
It sounds obvious but Baileys makes for a great flavour.
One of my favourite cheesecakes of the year - I love the vanilla seeds through the cheesecake but the praline biscuit base is genius, it's crunchy and chewy and leaves you wanting more.
Les Boucheries Parisiennes will be closed early January so do ring to see if they are open.
Les Boucheries Parisiennes
268 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Phone: (03) 8256 1636
Lunch - Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm to 2.30pm
Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday: 6pm to late