I had heard so much about this restaurant and after a long wait I finally dined there tonight with family. I regret suggesting this restaurant and I am embarrassed at the food we were presented with tonight.
It did not do justice to French food, and there are far superior French restaurants in Melbourne although they do not have 'the' suburb location or appealing looks (eg certain French restaurnts in Armadale, Southbank and Le Gaulois in Mt Waverley of all places !)
The service was impeccable and the waiters were delightful, cheerful and prompt. I give them and their service 10/10.
The food however is a different matter.
French onion soup was passable but I have had far better that were baked thoroughly on top to form a baked crust which theirs did not have.
Best part of the meal was the fresh French bread baguette. It was extremely good bread.
The eye fillets were indeed cooked to perfection but the quality of the meat was definitely nowhere near as good as I have had at other restaurants and the red wine sauce was extremely thick and heavy.
Baked fish of the day was nice according to our guest, but not brilliant.
Side serve of peas were FROZEN peas !
When one of the family said "Can you believe it ... They have served frozen peas !" we simply didn't believe it. We all tried the peas and agreed that, yes, much to our shock and disbelief they were frozen peas. An absolute disgrace at such a highly reviewed and priced restaurant. Gordon Ramsay would have a hissy fit !!
The tarte tatin was soggy pastry rather than crispy as it should be, and was swimming in a sickly sweet caramel sauce. The apple was barely recognisable in the dish. It was awful.
I bake tarte tatin's at home and there is no way a freshly baked tatin can be soggy which leads me to believe they are pre-cooked.
The crepe Suzette were also sickly sweet and it is the first time I have seen them presented without the brandy and flame.
I was embarrassed to have taken my family there tonight and I cannot understand why this restaurant has the reputation it's got. Perhaps people think it's a trendy place to go to but the food didn't fool our table of four and I amazed they are getting the good reviews based on the food I ate tonight.
It is a very tightly packed restaurant to the pont where I could unintentionally hear every word of the conversation at the table next to me. This bothered my parents but not me so much, but this is not a private, romantic couples restaurant if that's what you are looking for.
Regardless, I will not be back although I am glad I ticked it off my list once and tried it for myself.