Guillaume Brahimi's eponymous bistro will open at Crown's riverfront dining precinct.
Ideally located between Nobu and Number 8 restaurant and wine bar, the new Bistro Guillaume features an extensive outdoor terrace, a hallmark of the world's best bistros, a zinc-topped bar, a private room and a spacious, welcoming dining area complete with Bistro Guillaume's signature French petticoats, or as some refer to them, chefs' hats, pendant lights.
Bistro Guillaume has been inspired by France's most popular neighbourhood bistros.
Bistro Guillaume will feature a plat du jour daily and will be equally accommodating for solo diners such as hotel guests as it will for families, small groups and couples alike.
The service style will be relaxed and guests will be encouraged to pour their own wine from the unadorned tables. The bistro's wine list will be a tightly edited selection of only 10 white wines and 10 red wines, all available by the glass or bottle. Out of the 20 wines, half will be from France while the other half has been sourced locally from boutique wineries in Victoria.
"Bistro Guillaume is just the sort of place I would like to eat on a regular basis. It's going to be the perfect place for a simple meal or a more elaborate celebration. From noon until late, you can pop in on your own to have a satisfying salad or come late at night for a bowl of French onion soup. I want guests to feel relaxed and welcome and know that they have plenty of options to choose from. We've made the wine list short, so there's more time to enjoy the atmosphere, food and company. The list may be tight, but it features enough selection to hopefully please everyone. Guests will also be glad to know that the cost of a meal at Bistro Guillaume is going to be remarkably reasonable," comments Guillaume Brahimi.
As well as the terrace, indoor dining and private room, guests may also meet at the zinctopped bar and enjoy a glass of Champagne, a classic cocktail or try one of the bistro's specially created cocktails.
Not only will guests be able to select from a menu featuring French bistro classics such as duck confit and simple steak dishes expertly prepared, guests will also be able to order from a wide range of main course size salads, making Bistro Guillaume a must-try venue for any health conscious diner.
Guillaume Brahimi has appointed Graeme McLaughlin as head chef of the new, classic bistro. Most recently, Graeme McLaughlin has been a sous chef at Guillaume at Bennelong and also worked alongside Guillaume in 2001, after working at the award-winning Quay and prior to working for the widely-acclaimed Tetsuya's and the top ranked Fat Duck for four years.
Damien Grossier, a French hospitality professional who has worked with Guillaume Brahimi since 2006 has been appointed as Bistro Guillaume's General Manager. The young, energetic Frenchman brings to Bistro Guillaume an intimate knowledge and understanding of a traditional French bistro from both a patrons' perspective and from a professional point of view.
The bistro will seat 78 guests inside with 15 at the bar, 54 guests on the outdoor terrace and up to 40 standing guests or 20 seated guests in the venue's luxurious and dramatic private dining room. Service staff will wear iconic French brand, Lacoste apparel.
The dinner menu will include dishes such as beef bourguignon, bouillabaisse, duck parmentier, Berkshire pork belly served with lentils and tarragon vinaigrette, gratin dauphinois and crème brûlée.
The lunch menu will feature French café classics such as quiche of the day, Croque Madame, a tartine du jour as well as bistro favourites such as steak tartare with pomme gaufrettes and half a roasted chicken served with Paris mash and chicken jus.
The natural light-filled bistro's design pays homage to the traditional bistros of France by featuring timber panelling and mouldings with the richness and warmth of French oak timber as well as incorporating Bistro Guillaume's whimsical grass green colour in both the bar area and entrance.
Bistro Guillaume will open for dinner on Wednesday 25 May 2011. The restaurant will serve both lunch and dinner from Monday 30 May 2011.