Caneles - Bistro Vue
Caneles - Bistro Vue complimentary with tea or coffee
On a cold and Wintery Tuesday night, Bistro Vue was fully booked, with a private function occupying half the restaurant.
As the dining room began to fill, an accordian player started playing, adding to the ambience.
The menu was typically French, although the current specials seem to all involve curry of one form or another.
We ordered 3 hors d’oeuvres (starters) and 2 entrees (mains), in the hope that we would have enough room for the chocolate souffle!
The clam gratinée was a nice start. Although the clams weren't very meaty, the flavours of the sea combined with dollops of tomato, garlic and parsley and a light sprinkling of cheese was probably the best tasting grilled clams I've had! The little micro-coriander and drizzle of basil oil made the dish colourful too!
Next up were the posh-sounding Poulet et escargot en rouleaux. In other words, chicken spring rolls with snails! :P We couldn't quite work out if there were any snails in the spring rolls themselves, but the chicken was light and the pastry skin was crunchy and not greasy. It was served with 2 escargot in a curry sauce, which seemed a bit out of place. We were also given a small pot of curry sauce for the spring rolls, but that seemed unnecessary as well.
The 2-hour poached eggs were quite a treat! Visually playful, 3 eggs were served in an egg carton, with 6 halved egg shells holding the yolks and a mushroom jus and air. The confit egg yolks were unimaginably creamy and went very well wild mushroom purée and the fingers of toast! It's an amazing combination. We followed that with the mushroom jus which was like a strong beef consomme.
After a short rest, our mains arrived. The grilled skate was a simple piece of fish with slightly crisped edges and a moist center. The naturally sweet, garlicky fresh pea puree balanced out the saltiness of the fish. The accompanying scalloped potato were waxy and fragrant with butter. Yum!
We also got a duck dish, with a slow-roasted duck breast that was tender and juicy. However, the confit duck leg was a bit over-seasoned, but very flavoursome. The braised cabbage went some way to temper the salt, but we had to order more of the warm mini baguettes to help calm our tastebuds.
When asked if we'd liked dessert, we knew we did! We ordered the chocolate souffle and some coffees.
The souffle was accompanied with some theatrics! Before I could take a photo, our waitress stabbed it with butter knife and proceded to make a hole. She then poured a jug of hot chocolate into the hole, finishing by drizzling some over the top. The souffle was very light and fluffy, almost too light, giving it the texture of beaten egg whites that hadn't had time to firm up. Tastewise, the souffle wasn't as intensely chocolatey and we'd like, but still very good. After the dessert, we all agreed that the lightness was a welcome end to a good dinner!
430 Little Collins St Melbourne 3000
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