December 2, 2009

France Soir

11 Toorak Road,
South Yarra, VIC 3141
(03) 9866 8569
Food: Traditional French, Brasserie
Date visited: 17th July 2009

We finally got around to making a reservation at France Soir for dinner. The 23 year-old brasserie boasts a cozy, dimly lit dining room with mirrored walls and a menu that tantalizes the taste buds with honest, french classics. It was a fully booked Sunday night, which seemed like the norm to them for every night's service; the place was buzzing with loyal regulars, enthused first-timers and a team of all-male wait staff flurrying between tables. The waiters are confident, always open with a friendly joke or two and all speak with a french accent. However, I have heard them talking to each other in a normal Australian accent, so I guess the foreign tone is all about giving the customer a genuine french dining experience.

Everyday, the kitchen is open until very late, accepting last orders at around 11:45pm. We've taken advantage of this on many occasions, visiting France Soir after eating dinner elsewhere, for their divine Creme Brulee. The custard cream is so perfectly sweet and velvety and cloaked by a fragile caramel shell - very addicitve!

 Escargots De Bourgogne A L'ail - Snails in garlic butter

Coquilles St. Jacques Au Basilic - Sauteed scallops with King Brown mushrooms

We shared the following three dishes as mains, which were served with a basket of crispy french fries, and soaked up the delcious juices with the unlimited supply of freshly baked bread provided!

Caille rotie au Madere - Roasted quail, Verjuice and grapes

Oeuf Meurette - Poached egg on croûton with mushroom and bacon in a luxurious red wine sauce

Demi-poulet Fermier Rôti - Roasted free-range chicken

Creme Brulee

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