15 September 2013
Bogans and gamblers might treat Crown as their second home, but that doesn’t stop others from enjoying a classy night-out. My group of 7 friends booked a table at Bistro Guillaume before heading late to a university Ball. We snacked before arriving because none of us are rich enough to afford a proper meal at a fancy French restaurant.
The staff were very accommodating and provided extra plates so that we could share a few mains and desserts between us. While the waiters might have judged us hard, they never let it show and they were very attentive and professional. Service was impeccable, despite the fact that our group was mostly tipsy students.
Complimentary bread, butter, and salt
The free crusty bread was served with yummy butter and sea salt. Loved getting some carbs in early so that we could line our stomachs in preparation for boozing hard at the Ball afterwards.
Duck confit ($38)
The duck leg came with Brussels sprouts and speck (which is cured pork that tastes similar to bacon). Despite my usual aversion to Brussels sprouts, I really enjoyed them soaked in a rich meaty sauce. While the duck was perfectly cooked, I found that it was a little too salty after just one mouthful.
Spanner crab linguini ($38)
This pasta is such a winner! It easily matches the crab pasta that I enjoyed at Modo Mio recently. The garlic and chilli flavours were subtle and paired really well with the sweet cherry tomatoes and flecks of crab. Yum yum!
Pork belly ($37)
The pork belly was tender and I enjoyed both the fatty and meaty layers. However, it’s difficult to say what justifies the huge price tag. I think the Asian-fusion pork belly at The Bonsai is more delicate and delicious, plus it wasn’t so expensive.
Barramundi fillet ($38)
After the saltiness of the duck confit, it was difficult for me to appreciate the flavours in this dish. The barramundi was oily and moist, but the carrot and ginger purée seemed a little boring. The coriander butter didn’t seem to add much flavour either. Apparently pommes allumettes usually refers to french fries, but I couldn’t spot any so I assume the wispy stuff on top was potato. By the way, that purple thing is just an unusual-looking carrot!
Highlights of our meal were obviously the desserts. These amazing profiteroles come with vanilla bean ice cream, which I love love love because I’m not a huge fan of custard. The waiter drizzled warm chocolate sauce all over the profiteroles!! Cold and hot together on one plate *drools*.
Passionfruit crème brûlée ($20)
I’m not usually one to enjoy creme brulee, but this is easily one of the most delicious desserts that I have ever eaten. Kicks ass compared to the traditional creme brulee that I tried in France because it has a huge sweet passionfruit kick. Shortbread added a firm texture and the cute mushroom-shaped meringues were awesome eye-candy (and they were tasty). I forgot to grab some of the passionfruit sorbet on the side, but it looked divine.
Chocolate and pear tarte ($20)
The tarte du jour (tart of the day) was chocolate and pear. Rich and silky chocolate with firm pear pieces. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the other two desserts, but this one was still very tasty.
Our light supper for 7 people came to roughly $220, which is probably the cheapest meal that the staff have ever seen… If you’re a cashed up bogan or you have something special to celebrate, then prepare to fork out about $90 for a three-course meal and drink. Otherwise, bury your shame and share a few mouthfuls with your friends, or just head to Maccas in the food court.
Helpful tip: Bistro Guillaume is pronounced like “bistro gee-ome” (with a hard G like in the word “great”).
Likes: amazing desserts, very professional service staff
Dislikes: duck was too salty for my liking, pork belly a little uninspired
Value for money: prepare to sell your soul for a full meal
Overall: unaffordable for students, so maybe just splurge on a dessert?
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