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“Great French food”
Review of France Soir

France Soir
Ranked #164 of 4,249 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Went there for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. French onion soup (of course being Melbourne Winter) fresh bread sticks with excellent butter followed up with an omelette that was just excellent. I have also had the spicy raw steak with an egg in it that was also easy eating.

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Thank shamus1809
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

This is our "go to" French restaurant in Melbourne - we visit every time we come to Melbourne. Would you believe we discovered this place because it features in a crime series written by a Melbourne crime writer - we read an interview where he said it is his favourite French restaurant & he often goes there; we've never been disappointed. The waiters have a little bit of that French "surliness" but it's restrained & adds to the atmosphere. You'll see people there dressed in shorts & thongs (yes - for dinner) or dressed up to the nines - it's an eclectic crowd. Superb cellar of French wines (although they do allow BYO) to complement the excellent array of fine dining French food. We can't speak too highly of this restaurant & dearly wish there was something similar in Sydney.

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Thank GudGollyMsMolly
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a cosy friendly French restaurant that is simply the best. You are transformed into a wonderful restaurant in regional France. The food is delicious and the whole experience memorable. We love it and will be making the pilgrimage there later in the year

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Thank Hillary L
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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

We have visited this restaurant so may times it is our favourite in Melbourne and a hit with the locals. The food is French and delicious always, wine list extensive and the service is friendly and consistently good. Lively atmosphere as always busy, small so book ahead and try to get a window table but all are good. Lunch and dinner equally good even Christmas lunch is fantastic!

Thank florence-rose2015
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

I must confess, I don’t understand the hype for France Soir. Despite friends having many a long boozy lunch here and raving about the place, our experience was far from notable from the ‘casual’ nature of the wait staff to the lack-luster food. With the exception of a well cooked veal cutlet, this establishment would have a hard time surpassing many of the local pub feeds and at three times the price.

We had booked an earlier session being informed we only had the table for an hour and a half. All good. On arrival we were some of the first patrons and rather than being greeted and shown to our table, we were asked to find our own. This we did only to then be asked to move because it has been set for three not two. Service was there but extremely slow and delivered almost begrudgingly.

My entrée of scallops ($30) was the first disappointment of the night. Four, small dry scallops sat forlornly in a cream sauce. I could have forgiven their size if they’d been cooked correctly but they had not and were dry and unappealing. Main “Demi-caneton rôti, à l’orange” Roasted half duck with orange sauce ($42) – again disappointing. To be fair, the duck breast was cooked perfectly but the leg and thigh were dry and long overdone. The sauce thin and nothing more than a thin gravy with the barest hint of mandarin. The accompanying pomme frits were cold. For me the highlight of the night was the bread and butter which is fairly disappointing really. My wifes entrée of Cervelles d’agneau aux câpres - Lamb brains with caper sauce ($19) appeared to have been steamed, providing a consistency that she was not expecting. Her main of Côte de veau Normande - Veal chop with mushrooms, cream & Calvados ($41.50) was perfectly prepared and the highlight of the night.

The wine list is extensive, dare I say exhaustive, which is fantastic if you know your stuff. I’m not ignorant in those regards but actually getting a member of the staff to provide advice & guidance on your selection proved impossible so we simply went with a bottle of the local product. The staff while friendly, seemed to spend more intent on fawning over known regulars than welcoming or impressing new customers.

Overall, we were sadly disappointed. The bar had been set fairly high on friends recommendations and it came nowhere to achieving the high standard it espouses.

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3  Thank HappyBuddha247
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