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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Lunch @ Bistro Thierry

To round off our weekend away, we've headed to Hawksburn for a visit to Bistro Thierry

bistro thierry© by Haalo

With the oh-so-French waiters, to the french conversation coming from nearby tables, you know you've found yourself in a French Bistro. We begin with Champagne (Billiecart-Salmon) and Charcuterie.

bistro thierry© by Haalo

On the plate we have pork rillettes, saucisson, jamon, terrine and cornichons. Served with thick slices of fresh baguettes, it's a fabulous way to begin.

For starters:

bistro thierry© by Haalo
Gambas en Papillotte, sauce Vierge
Prawns wrapped in Brique pastry with basil and lemon served with a olive and tomato vinaigrette

Such a simple idea, the prawns are wrapped in that ultra fine middle eastern pastry and then deep fried until the pastry is crisp. The prawns remain wonderfully succulent.

bistro thierry© by Haalo
Cervelles d'agneau, Prince Albert
Pan-fried lambs brains wrapped in air dried ham with a saute of mushrooms and a tarragon mayonnaise

As Paalo is the brains of this operation, he ordered this dish as you don't often see brains on the menu.

For mains:

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Coquilles St.Jacques poellée aux petit pois et crème de Langouste
Panseared scallops with crushed peas and a crayfish cream

This is an Hors d'oeuvre on the Main menu - 4 oysters, seared on one-side with translucent interiors. A lovely marriage with the crushed peas and crayfish sauce.

bistro thierry© by Haalo
Steak Haché, Beurre maître d'hôtel
Grilled minced eye fillet with a lemon and parsley butter,served with frites and salad

This is a Petit Plate from the Main menu - Steak hache is basically a burger, this one was ordered rare and came out as such, incredibly dense and wonderfully moist. It went well with the pickled flavours of the butter and the rich veal jus underneath.

For desserts:

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You couldn't go to a Bistro and not order, Tarte Tatin (with Calvados scented ice cream) and Crêpes Suzette (with Grand Marnier and Orange Sorbet)

This is our first visit but I'm sure we will return. I don't know who said Melbourne didn't have any bistros but they are dead wrong.

The details:

Bistro Thierry

511 Malvern Road

Phone: 9824 0888

Open: 12pm-4pm and 6pm-10pm



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