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Mon Ami Paris Grill

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by H. Clare Callow (subscribe)
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Published May 27th 2013
A duck guards the door at this French bistro
With the colder weather coming on, the mind turns to cosy little places for a night out. Mon Ami, tucked in amongst the houses across from the Carlton Gardens in Fitzroy, is one such place.

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Mon Ami - the perfect cosy place for a cold night

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The town's only restaurant guard-duck

This little French restaurant is one of the smallest in town, occupying a single room in the front of a terrace. The intimate atmosphere is a nice contrast to the chill outside.

It's not just the atmosphere that makes Mon Ami a good choice for an autumn/winter dinner (strangely enough). It's the duck. The little carved duck watching over diners as they enter indicates the house speciality. I tried the confit duck leg, and it was meltingly smooth, without the fatty aftertaste that duck is sometimes prone to. Just perfect.

For the few people who don't look forward to duck there are other options, including a few interesting fish dishes. I found the most striking thing about this Paris Grill's menu was that they've wandered just far enough from Paris (traditional French restaurants can be a bit plain at times) to suit Aussie tastes.

French bistro
Mon Ami Paris Grill

Not everything is perfect. The prices are a slight mismatch to the experience for a pricey menu, the service and the food is a little too casual. However, to mind too much is being a bit picky.

Mon Ami is not jaw-dropping magnificent. It is, however, warm, and nice, and gives you the perfect sort of soft and sleepy feeling needed on a cold night.
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Why? A cosy, French, ducky night out
Phone: 03 9417 3220
Where: 144 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy
Cost: $5 - $40
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