Owners Kenneth Meere and John Tully opened Bistrot d’Orsay in 1996, with a clear vision that has continued to this day. In 2002, the pair opened Bottega.
Situated in the heart of Melbourne, in the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street, Bistrot d’Orsay is the perfect location for a meal before or after the theatre or shopping. The decor is classic French bistro, with wood panelling, a pretty ceiling mural and vintage French posters and prints.
The menu is French–Mediterranean with a good selection of classic French favourites. The bouillabaisse has a lovely tomato and fennel base foundation for the fresh scallops, mussels and soft morsels of fish. A crunchy crouton and some rich rouille finish the dish beautifully, the flavours and surrounds enough to make you feel you are actually in Marseille! A classic rabbit pie presents tender meat in a rich gravy encased by light puff pastry. Rounding out the menu are a few pasta dishes, including the very popular linguine with seafood.
PSST! Take your time perusing the impressive wine list, which is full of quirky and informative tasting notes.