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Published September 22nd 2013
Easy To Miss But Hard To Forget
Award winner from the Australian Good Food Guide, reviewed and recommended in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times Bistro Dom is surrounded by a lot of praise. I for one had to see what all the fuss was about.
Nestled between the restaurants and offices of Waymouth St, Bistro Dom has a very unassuming presence and as you enter the long corridor of a building, no wider than a car, you are met by two young and enthusiastic waiters and a bowl of olives. The style is that of a classic European bistro and the produce is all locally sourced.
The furnishing is very art deco, the walls are crammed with pieces of art all for sale and there are long mirrors adorning the walls that add a sense space to the petite restaurant. Lining the left side of the room is a long bench that looks like it was once in a train station from the early 1900s, which faces the simple yet elegant tables, while the waiters have a small path on the right side of the room to run up and down. The atmosphere is intimate and relaxed and the waiters know their stuff.
Frites with Garlic Aoili. Photo by Alex Barrington
The food on the menu is very French and very upmarket. This is a place where you need to know your frites from your foie gras. But if you can navigate your way through the menu (with a bit of help from the staff) you will be rewarded with some pretty outstanding French cuisine. I had a goats cheese tart which was set atop shallots and a flaky, crisp puff pastry. My friend and photographer Alex had the duck parfait which came with a range of accompaniments, including brioche and house cured duck ham. Everything that came out of the kitchen looked exquisite and there was a lot of table envy directed to the table next to us who ordered an 8 course menu.
For dessert I ordered a passion fruit soufflé with deliciously dark and bitter chocolate sorbet. The combination of sour passion fruit with rich chocolate sorbet worked perfectly and allowed the dish to be light and dense at the same time.
Bistro Dom is not somewhere that you would come everyday, but for a special occasion or romantic outing it is the perfect location. It is not pompous; it lets its food speak for itself and allows for an intimate and memorable experience.