Published on August 21st, 2010 | by Gareth2
Restaurant Review – La Grande Bouffe
As a huge fan of French food, this is a restaurant that I have been looking forward to reviewing for a while, so on my birthday it was an easy decision.
On entry to La Grande Bouffe we are greeted by a beaming pretty young Parisian waitress. The atmosphere and décor instantly strikes me as authentic and welcoming. I instantly feel comfortable here and I’m wet lipped in anticipation of the culinary treasures to follow, (I turned food geek and downloaded the menu in advance to savour the experience).
Once seated our waitress patiently allows me to practice my pathetic Anglo school boy, text book French. It’s the linguistic equivalent of a 16 year old lad fumbling with a girl’s bra for the first time. Clumsy and lacking in the finesse I desire. She humours me but I know she is probably thinking that I am complete idiot. But at least I tried, and it fuels me with inspiration to take night classes in French – for muppets.
We finish ordering and are promptly brought a complementary morsel of snail in garlic butter. It tastes predominantly garlicky with a suggestion of beef. I wash it down with a classic French aperitif of Pernod.
The entrees arrive – Rainbow trout with celeriac and horseradish rémoulade, rabbit rillettes with cornichons and toast, twice baked leek and goat’s cheese soufflé. Unhealthy as they may be I love rillettes of any kind and to have traditional French made rillettes is a rare treat. It is sublime to the point that I could have had it as a main as well.
The Leek soufflé is treasure chest of texture and complimentary flavours, tangy and creamy with a slight bite from young leeks. The trout is cooked to perfection but we forget our manners and neglect to capture a photo before it is devoured.
Our mains have a tough act to follow but live up to the taste challenge. Twice cooked beef cheeks with carrot puree and cepes (fungi family),
The website describes La Grande Bouffe’s cuisine as ‘emphasis is on traditional French flavours with a delicate modern edge’. For me it is this and much more. The staff are knowledgeable about their food and wine menu; they are passionate about France without being arrogant or snobby, in short excellent service. The softly French décor makes the setting just right. I also enjoyed being able to see into the kitchen on the way to the ‘washroom’.
For me, La Grande Bouffe is a winner!
Shops 1 & 2
758 Darling Street, Rozelle NSW 2039
T: 9818-4333 F: 9810 5025