Chez Oliver Le Bistro, Prahran, Melbourne
Say bonjour to quintessentially French, indulgent cuisine at Chez Oliver Le Bistro in Prahran. Whilst I haven’t had that much French cuisine outside of actual France, my lunch at Chez Oliver easily transported me back to those bistros. The authentic smells, flavours and service will save you from booking a flight across the world.
On a wing and a Prahran
The decision to head east to Chez Oliver Le Bistro was someone else at work’s decision. We Googled restaurants near our clients office and this one popped right up (good work SEO!). I was going to say it’s a small restaurant but it is multi-level and the tables are kind of seperate. So I have no idea actually. It seemed reasonably quiet on a weekday lunch, but the top floor sounded packed so hard to tell. A fancier lunch option than the usual, for sure.
Chez Oliver Le Bistro offers attentive service, with a classic bistro menu. They have a number of special offers across the week. We went for the $32 prix fixe which includes two courses. They have a steak and frites night on Tuesday, and a duck and pinot night on Wednesdays. Lots of reasons to return.
For my two courses I went for the Onion soup and the Coq Au vin. The rest of the table went for the steaks, and they looked great. Even the bread and butter at Chez Oliver is delish, and as I learnt from my travels that’s a big part of dining (and life in general!) in France. The onion soup had the right level of saltiness, with a smoky taste from the caramelised onions. The cheese gave a a touch of creaminess to the soup to round out the salt.
The Coq Au Vin may not have been a huge dish, but it filled me right up. One very tender drumstick braised with a lovely mix of wine, mushroom, and garlic (and I’m sure other spices). The creamy potato soaked all those delicious juices right up.
For the price I thought Chez Oliver Le Bistro was a perfect bistro dining option – maybe not the portion sizes of provincial France but with the right flavours and overall experience. A great option!