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“Expected more” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro des Artistes

Bistro des Artistes
424 Hay St, Subiaco, Western Australia 6008, Australia
(08) 9382 2546
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Ranked #7 of 64 restaurants in Subiaco
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Perth
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Expected more”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Unfortunately, the service was a let down. We were greeted and taken to a table in the middle of the restaurant, when we asked if we could be seated in the quieter back room the waitress became a surly and then found a table in the quite empty back room. Other wait staff seems quite uninterested and not that familiar with the food being offered or the wines to suggest to compliment the food. The food was french bistro style but was rather surprised that the beef bourguignon had no button mushrooms. The black pudding was superb. Other dishes were OK but not outstanding as I had expected given that this is a new venture by Alain Fabreques of the Loose Box which is my favourite restaurant in Perth. Didn't expect the fine dining but did expect much better service. Hopefully, better staff or some extra training will fix the problem. Definitely will go back again as the menu changes regularly so may have a more exciting food experience next time.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Perth, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Overrated”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Poor service, average food and no ambience at all. I was terribly disappointed - had heard it was one of the best restaurants in Perth. I was there with a large group and you could barely talk to the person across the table. I only saw the wine waitress once - she never bothered to come back to offer another bottle of wine. The waiter was rude when we couldn't understand his accent over the noise. Save your money and go elsewhere.

Visited July 2012
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Perth, Australia
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36 restaurant reviews
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“Impeccable pedigree”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Alain Fabregues and Emmanuel Mollois. Say no more. If Perth is ever to have an authentic bistro, this has to be it. Open all day, the kitchen produces lunch from midday. $50 for three courses, $45 for two. Choose from a small selection for each course. We tried the herring, lamb presse, charcuterie and salade nicoise for entree. Saute veal and salmon sausage for mains. Apple tart and creme brulee for desert. Service was slow. We were received on arrival, then left unattended. It took some effort to order; had to ask for the wine list. The entrees appeared rapidly, and made a very good impression. The salade nicoise was superb, a meal in itself. Mains were nothing to shout about, nothing to complain about either. Deserts were delicious. Coffee was nice. Appropriate ambience and decor. Good food and excellent value, let down by less-than-slick service. Le Bistro des Artistes opened recently. I expect the service gap to close by the time of my next visit, perhaps for High Tea or Dinner. "Average" rather than "Very Good", until then.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
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“Excellent night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

A few weeks ago four foodie mates and I paid our first visit to Bistro des Artistes (a few of us are making a return visit next week). From the moment we walked in and were greeted by the buzz of crowded tables and wait staff busily delivering food to those tables, I felt it was going to be a good night. We were immediately offered water, and we were given the set menu for the night, along with the slightly limited but nonetheless interesting wine list. We were then told that the only decisions we would need to make were what wines we wanted. Which was great. It meant that I got to eat some food that I probably wouldn't have ordered had it been a la carte. Last night's menu consisted of duck terrine, scallops poached in court bullion, a particularly delicious blanquette de veau, buche d'affinois (my favorite cheese) served wirh fresh bread, a small individual rice pudding (called a "pre dessert") that was almost the highlight of the night, and a melt-in-the-mouth individual Saint Honoré gateau. All of this delicious food was accompanied by several bottles of quite good French wine, and was served by friendly and efficient staff.

If this restaurant can keep up the standard that we enjoyed last night then it might well become a regular haunt for me. $75 for a 5 course set menu is good value, and, as with degustations, I really like the adventure of having my food chosen for me.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Unsatisfying”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

It sounds good - a restaurant venture by a distinguished chef and a patissier. It looks good - open, bright, lots of French accents. And the fixed price menu in the evening was good, at least in theory. But the food was really disappointing. Three of us wanted the vegetarian option instead of charcuterie to start, and that was easy. The dishes weren't great - olives, mushrooms, celeriac salad, pickles, all a bit much and only the olives really delicious. That was followed by barely cooked scallops in a light nage and two thin slices of purple carrots that turned the nage an unappetising purple grey. Scallops undercooked for one of us, as the waiter agreed. Then came veal marengo, served in its own casserole dish. Looked good, difficult to eat from. The meat was stringy and lacked flavour, there was far too much sauce with mine, and the accompanying unpeeled potatoes were simply placed in the dish at the last moment. Two of us left most of our veal, and the dishes were cleared without question. A good surface-ripened cheese was served with great ceremony, sliced from the round at the table. We declined pre-dessert, and went for dessert, 'mother's pudding', a kind of stodgy sliced bread-and-butter pudding that none of us finished. The cooking seemed clumsy, the waiters mostly unhelpful. It's not good value if you don't want to eat much of it.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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