Bistro Guillaume - we finally made a long overdue visit. The last time we came, we sat at the bar and ate their mussels which were exquisite! Possibly the best mussels in white wine I have tasted in Perth. We heard really mixed reviews so we weren’t sure what to expect out of our proper sit down meal.
The place is lovely. I am a fan of green. I also liked that my French menu was explained with a French accent while remaining understandable. It does add a touch of authenticity to the atmosphere! haha. We had more than enough attention given to our table. It could either be because of the wine we ordered or it was a great service day. I’m not sure.
With the parents in town, we get spoilt a little.
Okay so maybe not a little. A lot. haha. The 2002 is really beautiful – much less coppery than the 1993 one I tried in Brisbane. I was shocked to find out that this wine, a local wine, cost more in Australia than overseas.
As expected, french bread is beautiful. It wasn’t particularly warm but it was still soft on the inside.
Mom and I chose the Whole marron with avocado cream, tomato, croutons and cos lettuce ($40) - because we both absolutely love shell fish especially if it is of the small and sweet variety. I am a little stunned at the price of this dish – but I guess most marron entrees elsewhere would cost around $30 and would contain about 1/4 of the generously meaty marron I had here. So in that perspective, I began to enjoy my dish – the avocado cream is made for those who find the flavour of avocado overpowering. This is creamy and mild, the tomatoes and cos lettuce crisply fresh; the croutons adding that lovely fried croutons adding a nice buttery crunch.
Dad picked the most French of all entrees (after failing to find something with foie gras in it) with the escargot en persillade ($25). $25 for 12 is pretty reasonable. It was buttery, garlicky and herby; the escargot was like… escargot - Slightly chewy like you would expect from a clam or mussel.
Jay picked the Salad of braised octopus, white beans, olives, capsicum and chorizo ($26) which Dad thought was the most special. The braised octopus was beautifully marinated, tender and was complemented by the tomato and olive flavours. The beans mashed easily in your mouth giving this dish an overall hearty and warm feel.
It was a tough choice but I picked the Rack of lamb on a bed of ratatouille, tapenade and zucchini flower ($40). They give you a choice of medium rare or medium. I wanted to go with medium rare but my dad insisted on medium. I thought I was going to regret it due to it being overcooked but it turned out that Bistro Guillaume’s medium is perfect i.e. slightly pink inside whereas in a lot of restaurants, medium rare would have been just right. Then again, after my Cantina 663 episode, I’m not so sure anymore! The zucchini flower didn’t differ too much from tempura (light, crispy batter coating mmm). I liked it. I would have it again.
Jay picked the Chargrilled King Salmon with roast fennel, oyster mushroom, clams and beurre blanc ($40) as he continues picking healthy dishes. The Salmon was pink inside (which to me is how it should always be done if the fish is fresh) with crunchy fennel (that retained its strong aniseed flavour) and a beautiful ‘white’ sauce infused with clams and oyster mushrooms.
Dad and Mom had the Rangers Valley Wagyu Rib Eye with crispy kipfler potatoes and béarnaise sauce ($145). It is meant to be shared because it is huge. This is worth having – each piece is juicy tender. If you are looking for an extremely lean piece of meat, this is not for you. There is a layer of fat that can be taken off but other than that, you know the a lot of fat has been lovingly massaged and distributed into the flesh of the cow while it was still alive. Dad went so far as to say this piece of meat was better than Rockpool’s. The crispy skinned potatoes were plain in comparison but with the richness of the meat and béarnaise sauce, it would be the perfect accompaniment.
We were so full but dessert belongs to another stomach.
Dad and mom shared the Profiteroles with vanilla bean ice cream and warm chocolate sauce ($18) which I think is the best. You can never really go wrong with good grade vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce and french pastry!
I chose the Passionfruit Souffle with Chantilly creme served with banana and passionfruit sorbet ($22) which was absolutely divine. It was the lightest souffle ever. The chantilly creme helped weigh the overall lightness of the dessert.