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$50 Five Course Chef's Degustation at Les Bistronomes

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by Ina J (subscribe)
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Published June 17th 2016
Les Bistronomes is a French restaurant located on the corner of Mort and Eloper Street in the hip suburb of Braddon. This restaurant only opened less than two years ago in October 2014. It's co-owned by Chef Clement Chauvin, who previously worked at fine dining restaurant Sage and Water's Edge.

Les Bistronomes claims to be a French Bistro and it does have that feel, but it is closer to fine dining. The menu is quite small with 7 entrees, 4 mains and 4 sides. They also have a selection of 4 mains to share between 2 people and the dessert menu changes with the season with a few selection available.

What attracted me to this restaurant was the Saturday five course degustation lunch special for $50. Considering the main meals on their menu is around the $30-40 mark, a five course degustation at $50 is a very good value.

I have dined at Les Bistronomes several times now, including choosing from the a la carte menu, New Year's eve degustation dinner and the Saturday degustation lunch. Each of my visit was delightful and the service was great and attentive.

Now to the five courses degustation menu. I have had the saturday degustation menu twice. The first visit they had a truffle themed menu which was delicious. To start with, we got some nice toasted bread with truffle butter which was complimentary with the lunch.

Les Bistronomes Five Course Degustation Lunch Egg with Swiss Apenzel custard and Butter Soldiers
Egg and Swizz Apenzel Cheese Custered served with buttered soldiers


The first course was egg with swiss apenzel custard and buttered soldiers. It was presented beautifully. It was a small start to the lunch, but there was more to come.

The second course was celeriac and truffle soup with shaved apple and celeriac crisps. The apple gave that hint of sweetness which gave a balanced taste to the soup.

Les Bistronomes Canberra Celeriac and truffle soup with shaved apple and celeriac crisp
Celeriac and truffle soup with shaved apple and celeriac crisp


The third dish came out looking beautifully presented. I actually really liked the dish. It was roasted field mushroom, chestnut foam, enoki mushroom and sweet potato crisps. It was very light and the different elements on the dish had different textures which was very pleasant.

Les Bistronomes Canberra roasted field mushroom, enoki mushroom, chestnut foam and sweet potato crisps
Roasted field mushroom, chestnut foam, enoki mushroom & sweet potato crisps


Next was the main course. The main course selection on the degustation menu was a pork loin served with paris mash potato & truffle jus. However since I don't eat pork (which I had notified Les Bistronomes in advanced), so they had prepared another dish for me which was the braised beef cheeks with paris mash potato and jus. There was another person on my table too who had a dietary requirement and is a vegetarian and Les Bistronomes were able to accommodate for that which was really great.

Les Bistronomes Canberra - Pork loin served with paris mash potato & truffle jus
Pork loin served with paris mash potato & truffle jus


Instead of the pork loin, I was served braised beef cheeks with paris mash potato and truffle jus.

Les Bistronomes Canberra Braised Beef Cheeks with Paris Mash Potato and Jus
Braised Beef Cheeks with Paris Mash Potato and Jus


The braised beef cheeks was delicious. It melted in my mouth and the paris mash was so smooth and creamy too.

Of course the last dish on the menu was the dessert. Considering the price of the degustation was $50, I wasn't expecting much and was expecting a small dessert dish but this was not the case. The staff came out with a dramatic Flaming Crème Brulée A La Vanille dessert. Once the flames died off, it left a beautifully caramelised and crunchy sugar top. It didn't have the same effect as the glassy crunch if it had been torched, but nevertheless it was really nice. The custard was a bit cold and it would've been nicer if it had been slightly warmer, but other than that I could not fault this dessert.

Flaming Crème Brulée A La Vanille
Flaming Crème Brulée A La Vanille


My second visit for the degustation lunch had an entirely different menu, but again it was really delicious and enjoyable. Here are some photos of the five course degustation on my second visit.

Les Bistronomes Five Course Degustation Lunch - First Course - Garlic Buttered Snails, Pork Rilette and Croquette
Les Bistronomes Five Course Degustation Lunch - First Course


Les Bistronomes Five Course Degustation Lunch - Second Course - Beetroot Salad with goats cheese curd
Second Course - Beetroot Salad with goats cheese curd


Les Bistronomes Five Course Degustation Lunch - Third Course - Salad with duck breast and foie gras
Third Course - Salad with duck breast and crisp


Les Bistronomes Five Course Degustation - Main Course - Veal backstrap, Roast Potato served with Parsley crisps
Main Course - Veal, Roast Potato served with Parsley crisps


Les Bistronomes Five Course Degustation - Dessert - White chocolate mousse with freeze dried rhubarb, rose water granita, meringue shards and berry soaked champagne compote.
Dessert - White chocolate mousse with freeze dried rhubarb, rose water granita, meringue shards and berry soaked champagne compote


For $50 I think this five course degustation is such a great value. Not only do the food taste amazing but they are presented so beautifully. The atmosphere at Les Bistronomes is really nice too and the service was attentive. My cup of water was always refilled every time it was empty. I would definitely go again for the great food and service.
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When: Saturday only. Bookings recommended.
Where: Corner of Elouera & Mort Street Braddon, 2612 ACT
Cost: $50 pp
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