Textbook French that didn’t fly off the page
Bistro Guillaume was recently transformed from a glitzy luxo diner to a restaurant that went back to bistro basics. So when the dishes are this simple and true to classic form, it walks a fine line between bland and superb. Such a balance is difficult to get right, however given the pedigree of the chef (yes name branding aside), steaks and duck confit should be a walk in the park.
Unfortunately these normally comforting foods failed to hit the high notes – beef was chewy despite being medium-rare, duck confit was not terribly succulent even though cooked in fat and profiteroles proved to be more show than wow. Comfort food like this should feel like a big warm hug, but we left with something more like a pat on the back instead.
Classic French fare that walks a very straight line
Food that dazzles the senses or with a bit of edge
Will cost you
Mains around $35 with 3 courses circa $70pp.
- Soaking in the view of the Yarra River
- French Fries er Pomme Frites
Give a miss
Eating bread over menu placemats
Food = 11/20
Ambience = 7.5/10
Service = 6.5/10
Value = 7/10
Overall = 32/50
Crown Entertainment Complex,
8 Whiteman Street,
(03) 9693 3888