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Published October 28th 2012
A French Affair in Randwick - Bon Appetite
Located directly opposite the Ritz Cinema in Randwick, Montparnasse Café Restaurant delivers authentic French cuisine in a relaxed bistro style ambience.
The restaurant has a very Parisian feel, with its street-side dining, bentwood chairs, white clothed tables, artwork and live music – offering a mixture of modern and classic French design, and is the prefect place for a pre or post movie meal.
With an interesting assortment of al a carte dishes, the restaurant delivers a modestly priced menu with all your French favourites including Crepes, Terrines, Lamb Blanquette, Duck Magret, Steak Frites, Escargot and plenty more.
The Charcuterie of French delicatessen items for $22 offers diners a little taste of France's specialties and includes an assortment of cold cuts and terrines, paired with French bread-sticks and creamy butter. It is the items you would expect to pick up in Paris, navigating the pretty streetscapes on your bicycle, only to stop off and have a picnic in a park.
The Warm Goats Cheese Salad for $15, is sizable with mesculun and other mixed greens, tomatoes, and a large crouton bread centerpiece topped with melted goats cheese and grilled bacon. This salad is delicious and rich, and can be shared between two.
The Lamb Blanquette for $27, is a traditional French stew, that is slow cooked to perfection, with the meat moist and tender, and served in a very cute red cast iron pot. It goes well with the soft and flavoursome potatoes accompanying it.
The Steak Frites for $19, is a generously portioned steak with French Fries, with the choice of Café de Paris Butter or Pepper Sauce. The steak is juicy and tender, and the fries golden and perfectly cooked.
A meal is never complete without dessert. Given the French are known for their desserts, the profiteroles for $14 are a great option. In a huge serving, the profiterole pasties are covered in whipped cream, chocolate and almonds, and stuffed with cream. An absolute delight on the taste buds, the dish is delicious.
Montparnasse Café Restaurant also offers value for money with its Formule Meal Deals. Diners can opt for a bite from as little as $14 for a quiche with salad and crème brulee, or up to $26 for which you can receive the entrée and main, or main and desert with a glass of wine.
For even better value, the restaurant is BYO so you can bring your favourite bottle with you to complement your meal.
Sitting within the buzzing dining district known as The Spot, this chic restaurant is a suburban Randwick gem, and a relaxing place to catch up with friends over a drink or meal. It offers tasty French, without the pomp or pricey menu.