Domain Road has been buzzing ever since Entrecôte swung open its doors a few months ago.
The two-storey terrace that once housed Melbourne institution Lynch’s for over thirty years, has been reborn as a classic Parisian Bistro under the expert guidance of Jason M Jones (The Stables of Como, Friends of Mine) and Adam North (Hopkins River Beef producer).
The fit-out by Flack Studio is breathtaking and I found myself wandering through all the rooms and finding more to love around every corner. The striking artwork in each room combined with the fresh flowers add warmth and the feeling of being invited into someone’s private home. Given half a chance I would pack a suitcase and move right on in.
On a sunny Melbourne day my favourite place to languish is in the sunroom complete with mosaic tiles and black and white cushions, banquette seats, marble tables and cafe chairs. Surrounded by the hum of the coffee machine I can and have easily lost a few hours here. And let’s not forget the small takeaway window serving $2.50 coffee and freshly baked pastries and the instantly recognisable and ‘instagrammable’ red vintage bicycle with a basket overflowing with red geraniums.
The concept is simple and is possibly one of the things I love most about Entrecôte. Rather than try and be all things to all people, they focus on fresh and seasonal produce and a simple classic French menu. From 7am-3pm everyday you can find a well thought out menu of brunch classics including French toast with lemon curd ice-cream, seasonal poached fruit and buttered almonds; a classic Croque-Monsieur with hand carved ham, three cheeses and thyme béchamel; eggs benedict with a tarragon hollandaise and it wouldn’t be a French bistro without freshly baked croissants and Bonne Maman jams. Breakfast can also be served alongside a cheeky glass of Mumm (after all it is midday somewhere in the world)!
For those friends who struggle with too much choice on a menu, Entrecôte is the perfect venue as the lunch and dinner menu comprises of a Hopkins River steak cooked as you wish, with a herb sauce, bottomless frites and a refreshing green butter lettuce salad. Entrees include freshly shucked oysters or a French onion gougere, while the dessert menu has all the French classics one would expect including a sensational lemon tart, an apple tart tartin or a stunning mille-feuille with seasonal fruit and cream that tastes as good as it looks.
The bar menu includes classics such as a roquefort and leek quiche, country terrine or for something more substantial the Entrecôte cheeseburger and frites. Happy hour is everyday from 4-6pm where you can indulge in $12 glasses of Mumm champagne and $2 oysters.
Looking for somewhere special to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14th?
Entrecôte is putting on a very special 6 course menu with matched wines. Bookings are essential so email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
Entrecôte has fast become one of my favourite neighbourhood hangouts and I am sure it will become yours too.
131-133 Domain Rd,
South Yarra VIC 3141
(03) 9804 5468