Head Chef Tim Menger keeps the menu on brief at Entrecôte South Yarra, delivering crowd-pleasing classic French bistro fare that sees the restaurant well patronised for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It does not get more Parisian than this, and the idyllic setting on the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens makes for a very vibrant and convivial experience, as friends and food lovers alike meet and share conversations without any stifling formality.
The diner is well catered for throughout the day, and you can ponder the most appropriate time to order a glass or bottle of champagne, leaving the hustle and bustle of the modern lifestyle behind. While the well-priced steak frites has undeniably become the signature dish, escargots à la Bourguignonne – six meaty snails baked in garlic and herb butter – is a perfect French start. Pithiviers d’automne aux champignons is an autumnal celebration of local mushrooms in a rich gruyère butter pastry pie.
PSST! If you are pushed for time, Le Derrière, around the corner in Millswyn Street, allows you to take away some guilty indulgences.