I’d heard about a 5 course lunch for $50 at Les Bistronomes in Braddon and had always been meaning to check it out. I finally got together with fellow foodies to try it out one Saturday. The eatery had such a comfortable vibe with soft comfy chairs and our table right by the fireplace (though it was unlit at the time). I was a tad late so there was already bread and whipped butter on the table when I arrived.
Course 1 – garlic escargot and Kingfish sashimi. The escargot wasn’t rubbery, and was still hot and slathered in yummy garlic. The sashimi was a nice little mouthful, and crispy from the crackling.
Course 2 – French onion soup. This looked gorgeous and had been drizzled with a swirl of balsamic vinegar on top. The soup was a hit with everyone at the table. Not too creamy and still held a level of depth. The splash of balsamic was surprising but a fantastic accompaniment to the soup adding a nice hint of tartness and sweetness at the same time. I would have licked the bowl clean if I wasn’t with polite company. Fabulous and I’d easily order it again.
Course 3 – goats cheese and beets. his was such a lovely light dish with several textures. The goats cheese was smooth and creamy but not heavy. It didn’t have a dominant cheese flavour, and was paired beautifully with the beets, a beetroot sauce and topped with seeds.
Course 4 – pork belly. There was a fair bit of fat on this pork belly which I pushed to the side. The skin on top was still soft and saucy. It wasn’t my favourite dish but I quite liked the lentils and the side of apple slaw.
Course 5 – Creme fraiche with house made honey comb, chocolate soil, chocolate sauce and celeriac. This was a well balanced dessert and not too sweet. The chunks of honey comb were thick and delicious. The chocolate soil wasn’t too sweet either with just a small drizzle of chocolate sauce. Both elements helped to counter balance the sourness of the creme fraiche. I do like my desserts sweeter so this wasn’t my favourite, but I was glad to try something different.
Service was lovely with our waiter checking up on what we thought of the food. The meals were staggered at a reasonable rate without waiting too long between courses. The menu changes every week so you never know what you’ll get. It’s great value for money at only $50 for 5 courses! The offer is available on Saturdays only.
Les Bistronomes can be found at the corner of Mort and Elouera Street in Braddon.
Value for money 10/10
FPJ score 26.5/30
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