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Published September 20th 2018
The best of French fare in this classy new restaurant
Garcon Paris Steakhouse has recently opened in the premises previously occupied by Entrecôte, tucked away down Alfred Lane, off the Paris end of Collins Street. The modern venue is split level, with the lower level, located next to the bar, set up for more casual meetings, while the upper level is a more formal dining area.
French cuisine in this new restaurant, in the 'Paris end' of Melbourne. Image is from Garcon's Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/GarconParisSteakhouse/
Garcon takes its inspiration from the famous quality steakhouses of Paris, offering a range of steaks, as well as some other French favourites, including oysters shucked to order, soupe du jour and moules marinieres (mussels in white wine).
If you want to try some of the lighter offerings on the menu, happy hour is a great time to do so. Taking place at 4-6pm daily, you can sample such dishes as marinated anchovies or sardines (served in the tin, with toasts) ($16, $13), spiced beef croquettes ($12) or pissaladiere (onion, anchovy and olive tartlet) ($10), washed down with a glass of the classy Heidsieck Champagne ($13) or a Kronenbourg 1664 Lager ($7).
Pissaladiere (onion, olive and anchovy tartlet)
We recently visited Garcon and dined with others to try it out.
There are some delicious sounding entrees, but really, to be authentic, snails had to be on the menu. Garcon's Escargots de Bourgogne ($18 for 6) - snails with herbs and parsley and garlic sauce - are delightful little morsels. These succulent snails were full of flavour. A great starter.
Escargots de Bourgogne
Another favourite was the Garcon Steak Tartare (small $24, large $36). It is served with house condiments. I enjoyed the flavour and texture of this dish.
Garcon also does a cracking Salade Nicoise with warm hot-smoked salmon ($24). This was a delight to eat, the salmon was melt-in-the-mouth, the smoky tones adding extra interest to the dish. I'd come back for this dish alone!
Garcon prides itself on being a steakhouse, so naturally, it was important to try the steak. A great option is the Garcon Steak Frites - a 250g Angus porterhouse steak, with frites, Cafe de Paris butter, and a soft leaves salad for $39.50. The steak was cooked rare, well rested, and it melted like (French) butter in the mouth. The accompanying frites were bang-on, with a fabulous crunch.
Angus porterhouse steak
We also tried the 400g Wagyu rump ($50), which again, was cooked to perfection, and flavour packed.
It is open for lunch from 12 noon to 2.30pm Monday to Friday, dinner from 6pm Monday to Saturday, and happy hour, 4pm - 6pm Monday to Saturday. Click here to reserve a table, or call on (03) 9654 8184.
Except where indicated, the images in this article were taken by the writer.