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“Fantastic Food But...” 4 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 #8 of 70 Restaurants in Subiaco
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Perth, Australia
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Fantastic Food But...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

It is always sad when a restaurant experience is ruined by something as irritating as pompous staff. I treated a good friend to lunch there and although I wanted her to experience the food I was sorely tempted to walk out of the restaurant because of the waiters over inflated ego.
Our food was good in fact the John Dory dish was amazing with beautifully balanced texture and flavour. The Duck Comfit was as always meltingly good but when served with sauteed potatoes a little on the greasy side, but it was a treat so my cholesterol worries were placed on hold. The Creme Brulee was very well exectuted but served cold without any trimmings. A little cream would have rounded out the dish. The Bluberry pie was all bit " Ho Hum" but then again this is a bistro. I did contemplate a bottle of wine but the waiter was getting impatient! We decided on a glass each which pleased the waiter who seemed to be in a hurry to finish his shift.
So our long lazy lunch was cut short. All a bit odd considering the Bistro opening hours are from 10am to 10pm. While we lunched quite a few patrons were turned away for being too late for lunch. So much for customer service. All in all wouldnt return for this sort of service.
On a positive note the waiter who was taking over from the lunch shift was bright and friendly and our post lunch coffee was the hightlight of the meal. Second time here and honestly not worth the money for the substandard service. '

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Perth, Australia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Fine food, ambiance lacking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Having booked 1 week ahead for a Friday lunch was not enough to secure a nicely placed table, with a white tablecloth in a quieter area. On arrival our initial irritation was to be sitting next to the bar alongside a very busy aisle. Service was fast and efficient, so efficient an unfinished glass of wine was whisked away. The food was beautifully presented and perfectly prepared, from the wonderful quiche for starters and the meal of the day of duck. Our next visit will be enhanced by nominating the table we want in or close to the front window alcove with a tablecloth. We found the small area very noisy as the restaurant filled. This hastened our departure without desserts.
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  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
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“Devine food, great French bistro vibe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Had lunch on a Saturday, didn't book but got lucky with a table. Would recommend booking to not miss out on this Subiaco gem. Firstly the service was very good, our waitress was attentive and happy to assist with information about the food and wine. The wine list was small but good, with a nice selection of general and premium wines. We started with salmon croquettes which were a generous serve of glorious fresh salmon, cheesy potato filled crispy wonders served with a lovely tartare sauce. My companion decided to try the lamb neck in sweet/sour sauce that the menu description did not do justice. The lamb was amazing, the sauce infused the meat and left it melt in the mouth. The John Dory fillet was equally delicious served with creamy mash and a very good beurre blanc sauce. Dessert was divine, an orange infused creme brûlée that left us wanting to lick the plate! Great coffee to finish, this was an amazing meal at a very reasonable price in Perth. Can't wait to go back.

Visited July 2013
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“Dissapointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

My second visist and whilst the food was good, albeit small portions, the service from staff who had little knowledge of the menu or service was dissapointing. There is increased use of backpackers in resturrants these days however that is no excuse for not giving them effective training. Lack of knowledge of the menu and options, poor drinks service including no beer glasses (and when we got a glass it was a wine glass, wine poured into a half drunk glass of beer etc is not good)

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

My husband and I took our very good friend from England to dinner when she was visiting.We had
Been there several times before and wanted a really nice evening out with our friend. What can I say she was like us very impressed with the service and the choice of either a two or three course
Menu .It was truly a culinary delight,you almost thought you were in Paris .Our friend loved it so much we actually went there again before she returned to England .If you want a great dinner with
A great atmosphere please visit this amazing bistro.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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