$$$ Chez Olivier, 121 Greville Street, Prahran

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July 13, 2014 by jarfed

THURSDAY 15TH MAY 2014

 

Tonight was a special addition Jar Fed! Elaine, who hails from Ireland, not in the same way that I (bez) do or more to the point my family did, many many generations ago, who probably stole a loaf of bread (foodie appropriate) and were sent on a ship far far away! She came here by choice and these days they make it a lot harder for people to stay.

And why wouldn’t she want to stay, Melbourne hasn’t been the most liveable city in the world for a lot of years (well apparently 3 consecutive years according to the reliable Wikipedia) for no reason! One reason, clearly our abundance of amazing restaurants, being such a multicultural place, we certainly aren’t pigeonholed into one style of food! #melbourneisthebest

Back to the point of the story, Elaine is here to stay, and I wont be doing Jar Fed on my own! Which would have been, well, just sad! So we had to celebrate! We removed all ‘take-away’ cheaper places from The Jar so we would get one of the nicer restaurants and have a champagne to celebrate! speaking of champagne, FRENCH it was !

 

Chez Olivier

 

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On entry you are welcomed with a bar and an ode to the love lock bridge or Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris ! (Melbourne also have a copycat bridge, Southbank bridge, which doesn’t quite have the same ring to it!)

We were seated at the window bench table, as it was the only table left when we rang at lunch time for a reservation. However it wasn’t a bad position, sometimes the bar table or window bench table can be small and squishy but this bench was a good size and you still felt a part of the restaurant.

 

 

ENTREE

 

 

Obviously being a french restaurant, snails (escargot) were on the menu, which Elaine was a touch squirmy about, however it would be an experience! but alas we did not roll the snails.

 

# 3 – Steak Tartare (Fine chopped raw eyefillet with brandy dressing)

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Raw food! Elaine’s favourite! I was excited because aside from the snails which would have been an experience, this was the entree I was hoping for!

You do have to get your head around the raw concept and when a ball of raw meat with an egg ontop, presented on quite a large plate arrives at your table, you have to think for a minute about how you are going to tackle it.

The steak was mixed with a variety of herbs and spices and onion and sauces, clearly I’m no chef but it was a party in my mouth. It was nothing short of YUMMO. The negatives on the plate were the lack of bread, 3 slices, when we were sharing an entree is always an odd choice for a chef to send out and the salad, it was unnecessary, present the dish in a smaller bowl with perhaps 6 pieces of small crisp bread and that is all you need!

 

          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?

 

E           No                 7           Not over another dish

B          Yes               8.5                   Yes

 

 

MAIN (Minus salads & soups!)

 

 

Elaine – #2 – Gratin De La Mer (fresh prawns, scallops, muscles & fish)

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Rolling for main was a bit of a schmozel! We couldn’t quite work out how many dishes there were! eventually we got there and Elaine rolled this. The menu didn’t give too much away, our waitress told us it was sort of like a seafood casserole, which it was. We meant to take a picture at the half way mark because you couldn’t see too much when it was full, but we got chatting and eating and forgot!

The seafood was cooked to perfection and there was a lot of seafood in the dish so you would say quite good value. It was made with a gravy style brown sauce, which to be honest had no wow factor. It was nice, because we both like seafood, but to bring it to the next level perhaps a creamy sauce would be better.

 

           Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?

 

E          Yes                6.5                  No

B          Yes                 7                    No

 

Bez – #9 – Steak Frites (200g of grain fed aged scotch fillet with pommes frites & mustard butter)

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Steak !! Yay. Being a french restaurant, I would have been very happy to try a duck dish, however second best choice would have been steak! Generally i’m more of an eye fillet with either mushroom sauce or garlic butter kind of girl. So this would be a different cut for me and mustard butter is something new!

Steak was cooked to perfection, it was so tender. The mustard butter was delicious. If there was a downside about the dish, it would be the overwhelming amount of french fries, but can you really complain about too many fries?

 

          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?

 

E          Yes                 9                   Yes

B          Yes                 9                   Yes

 

 

DESSERT

 

French are well known for amazing desserts, so we were rather excited when it came time! So many amazing choices we wouldn’t have been sad about any roll!

 

Roll #8 – Les Profiteroles (3 small choux pastry filled with whipped cream, vanilla ice-cream and served with warm chocolate sauce and almonds)

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This was the number 1 dessert Elaine wanted, to be honest we didn’t read the menu very well because when it came out with ice-cream in the middle we were surprised! I think we were just excited for profiteroles and did they deliver?

O M G …. YES, YES they did. WOW WOW WOW. We have both never tasted ice-cream that was so delicious. This is the kind of dessert you go back to a restaurant for and one you recommend your friends to go to a restaurant just for it!

 

          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?

 

E          Yes                9.5                  Yes

B          Yes                10                   Yes

 

In Jar Fed tradition, its our indulgence night! Tonight we were at a French restaurant so we were going to do it right, and get two desserts! we rolled for our first, but went all out and choose our second !

 

Self saucing, self indulging chocolate fondant (the name says it all!)

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I really liked how they went about dessert, we said we would get two desserts, both to share and they bought them out separately. Once we finished one the other was a few minutes away, I liked that they listened to us and let us enjoy one before another melted or went cold. A classy touch.

Our second dessert was just as amazing as the first. Everything on the plate went so well together. The amazing ice-cream was served on the side, the berry sauce was yum and the chocolate was the perfect amount of richness.

What an amazing end to the night.

 

          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?

 

E          Yes                9.5                  Yes

B          Yes                10                   Yes

 

Chez Olivier had a lot to live up too, we were celebrating and would have been so disappointed if our night wasn’t special. But never fear, we had an amazing experience. Its such a quaint little space, from the moment you walk in you feel very welcome. We had two waitresses both being French, which did add that little bit of class.

The meal was actually extremely good value for the service, the attention and ambiance of the restaurant. The wine list is on the pricier side, however Monday – Thursday you can BYO, which makes it more affordable for more people.

If you want an amazing meal without breaking the budget look no further!

 

           Overall                  Back

           Score /10              Soon?

 

E           9.5               When are you free, tonight?

B           10                When are you free, tonight?

 

 Why not spend a night playing french !

 

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Price: One Entree, Two Mains & Two Desserts

 

Total – $125 (Two People)

 

Steak Tartare- $21.00
Gratin De La Mer- $32.00
Steak Frites- $39.00
Les Profiteroles- $16.00
Self saucing, self indulging chocolate fondant- $17.00

 

 

E & B xx

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