Eating at the well-renowned Bistro Guillaume French restaurant in Crown Casino, Perth.
Bistro Guillaume is inspired by “the popular neighbourhood bistros of Paris”, offering a a menu filled with French classics in a modern French-inspired colourful atmosphere with charming outdoor courtyard.
Located in the Crown Metroplis entertainment complex of Perth, it makes all pastries, desserts and stocks in-house, as well as a daily plat du jour, just like they offer in the bistros in France.
I went here with a group of friends to have our first time taste of ‘luxury’ French cuisine!
It is run by acclaimed chef Guillaume Brahimi, who was inspired by bistros in France to create an extensive outdoor terrace, zinc-topped bar and welcoming main area. It’s a restuarant that uses natural light to its full advantage, making full use of the pool side views of the hotel nearby with big windows and transuclant curtains. Bright green splashes across the interior decor, creating such a fresh and quirky Parisian vibe.
As the group of us entered, we were guided by a very professional French accented waiter (he had a great mustache) to our table. He immediately saw I was holding a long jacket and offered to take it off me to put on the hat stand, and then he placed our napkins on our laps. Another French waiter quickly came to our table to then placed warm bread on our plates with salt and fluffy butter.
With this high level of service I felt for a brief moment that I was a big celebrity, if only for a moment. I was in awe.
There is a nice combination of seating styles in the restaurant. On all tables, the menus are already laid out, as they serve also as placemats. A great idea, I do enjoy reading while eating. We got seated near the window that overlooks the resort style swimming pool. We tried to not perve on sunbakers down there, but they were in clear view.
Escargot en persillade – $25 (snails).
There were so many snails in this entree – it was very filling. It was served the classic way, with melted butter, herbs, parsley and lots of garlic; creating a little pool for each little morsel to float in. There was a bit of garlic overload, however the snails were cooked perfectly.
A close up of the snail. Eerrm… I apologise for those who may get squeamish from this.
Onion soup – $18
A delicious soup that really is quite filling on its own. Was much loved.
Freshly shucked Oysters with shallot and red wine vinegar. 6 for $22.
So fresh, so succulent. A lovely aftertaste and a great concoction of flavours. A must to try.
Rangers Valley Sirloin (300 day grain fed), crispy kipfler potatoes, watercress salad and bernaise sauce. – $44.
My friend noted it was cooked to perfection and was impressed with the sauce.
Char-grilled King Salmon with lentils and roasted root vegetables. – $38.
My dish. Deliciously cooked, wonderful array of flavours. Couldn’t finish it all (as the entre of snails filled me up), but it was, I repeat, a great dish.
Barramundi fillet on a bed of carrot and ginger puree, coriander butter and pommes allumettes. – $38.
My friend noted it was perfectly cooked and tasted sublime.
Leg of duck confit with baby brussels sprout, speck and whole grain mustard. – $38.
He noted it was tasty and unique. The duck he said was cooked to absolute perfection.
Side of Paris Mash. – $9.
Without a doubt, this is the best side you could choose out of all the sides. It won’t disappoint.
It is creamy, buttery and super silky, more than just your standard mash potato. I could have quite comfortably just ate the fluffy velvet paris mash for my main meal. It’s THAT good.
Side of Ratatouille. – $9.
I only ordered this because I said out loud to the waiter “isn’t there a movie called Ratatouille?” to which my friends replied yes! It’s about a mouse! So of course I was curious to try this side dish that a movie named itself after.
It’s basically a stew of vegetables, and it was a delicious side to try. Wonderfully flavoursome.
Profiteroles with vanilla bean ice cream and warm chocolate sauce. – $18.
Looks so appealing at the start as the waiter pours the warm chocolate sauce over the dessert for you, but once you get into it – it gets really messy; the chewy shell, sugar dusted, cream-filled profiteroles makes for a filling choice. Yep, you may not be able to finish it all on your own, as much as you’ll try.
Chocolate souffle with cherry ripple ice cream. – $22.
It’s airy chocolate that melts in your mouth, so light and so fluffy. It was the big favourite out of all the desserts. If you have never tried soufffle before – this is the place to try it! My friend was very territorial over this.
Vanilla creme brulee, trio of apple and donuts. – $20.
My choice. I remember making brulee’s in cooking class, so I decided to try what the real deal tastes like. It’s heaven in the mouth, and the citrus sorbet with diced apple is the perfect companion to the sugary dish.
Back to the decor. Love the black and white checkered-tiled floors, and splashes of green chairs. So bright, positive and right on the French theme.
This is the view you have near the window or sitting outside – spectacular outdoor views of the the beautiful resort-style swimming pool below (and I suppose, if you were so inclined, you could have a good perve too on people sunbaking too).
So in summary, the food was great, as was the interior decor, and the French waiters were very professional.
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