If we can’t trust Guillaume Brahimi with French food, who can we trust? And he’s certainly not letting us down with his lovely new Bistro Guillaume. He’s turned a ground floor corner of a CBD office block into a tastefully luxe conjuring of a french bistro. A world away from ‘theme bistro’, this place beckons you in with all its smoky mirrors, quiet corners, great lighting and impeccable service.
Entrees with a twist
Amongst our table we split into two camps on the entrees. Some of us choose the jerusalem artichoke veloute with spanner crab, a rich creamy soup that yet sits lightly in my stomach. The other half chose the twice baked soufflé with roquefort sauce, looking spectacular in it’s copper pan, and tasting wonderful with the roquefort sauce. I think the roquefort wins the day!
Guillaume, french for food!
It’s time for my duck confit, oh la la! So very french with it’s peas, speck and shallots. Again for a rich dish it has a very light touch, while the depth of flavour is satisfying complex. I’m a very happy camper with this dish. Around the table are two other favourites – the steak tartare, and the beautiful piece of John Dory, both getting rave reviews. Classic dishes, just done better that anywhere else I’ve eaten french in ages!
The famous dessert trolley
We’ve heard rumours of this dessert trolley, but seeing it in person is quite magical. Talk about temptation! Having this selection wheeled to our table, with the suave waiter offering us each a choice of any three of the offerings, is almost enough to make us swoon.
The amazing choices we have tonight are:
- pistachio and raspberry trifle;
- valrhona chocolate mousse;
- lemon tart;
- chocolate and salted caramel tart;
- mille-fuille with madagascan vanilla cream;
- passionfruit creme brulee.
I choose to combine the lemon tart, the choc/salted caramel tart, and the raspberry/pistachio trifle. The servings are huge, none of us can come close to clearing our plates, but boy does it all taste good. In terms of deliciousness, the two tarts are a dead heat for me. They could easily half the serving sizes here and it would still be too big, but why ruin the fun of over-indulgence!
Best bits: The dessert trolley.
Worst Bits: hmmm, may have to go back again to see if I can find any.
Where am I: 259 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia.