Executive Chef Fabien Wagnon creates Parisian bistro fare under the gaze of Parliament House. The menu sings to French classics, house-made charcuterie and grill favourites – even the bread is imported from the Champagne region and finished on site.
Set in the recently refurbished Hotel Realm, glide through the all-marble foyer to the modern bistro. Enjoy a signature aperitif of Lillet Blanc, before stepping onto the dark-wood floors of the airy dining room bedecked with gold-rimmed marble tables.
Ocean trout sashimi and prawn ceviche is meltingly tender, pricked by the acidity and warmth of finger lime and ginger dressing. A gravity-defying twice-baked gruyère soufflé combines the nutty richness of cheese with feather-lightness under a burnished crusty dome. Carnivores are well served with a selection of four prime beef cuts from the grill, including a 500g Black Angus Chateaubriand to share. The wine list is extensive and traverses the globe, but local wines are also on show, with several Canberra vineyards presenting their best in the list.
PSST! Short on time? Try the delicious express lunch menu of one or two courses.