THE FRENCH BRASSERIE
Melbourne, Victoria

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Dishing up stereotypical French bistro cuisine with flair, The French Brasserie on Melbourne's Malthouse Lane is a welcome addition to a lively gastronomic part of town. Leaving no doubt as to the authenticity of the restaurant, French-born restaurateur Hadj Sadki has teamed up with fellow Frenchie and chef, Frederic Naud.
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General info

Address:

2 Malthouse Lane
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000

Suburb:

Melbourne CBD

Contact:

Cuisine:

French

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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The French Brasserie has taken over where The Italian left off when it moved to a larger location. It's tricky to find the first time you visit, since it's hidden down a laneway off Flinders Lane, but familiarity will breed content and an unerring sense of direction. Inside, the long space is dominated by a bar on one side and the walls are dotted with classic French posters. Leaving no doubt as to the authenticity of the place, French-born restaurateur Hadj Sadki (who's had plenty of experience in Melbourne) has teamed up with fellow Frenchie and chef, Frederic Naud. Together they have created a smart and welcoming eating place.

French bistro food has lots of typical dishes – onion soup, terrines, salade Nicoise, snails, steak and frites. They're all here, perfectly prepared and attractively presented. The porterhouse came with Cafe de Paris butter and a bowl of golden shoestring fries as well as an extra bowl of nicely dressed salad. Look out for less familiar dishes, such as the snapper fillets and shellfish cooked a la mariniere, served alongside a dish of baby vegetables. Note that this is a French eatery in a part of town where Italian restaurants dominate – no risotto or pasta here. The menu has seasonal variety and there are always specials of the day. A reasonably priced, well chosen wine list that's mainly French and Australian is the icing on this rather delicious gateau.
Rita Erlich

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Functions

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MAX SEATING
120 pax

Features

Function for 50-100
Suitable for Corporate functions
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
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The barista - 9/04/2012
As a regular business traveller to Melbourne I have a number of favourite restaurant that I eat at and the French Brasserie is definitely on my list of top 3. Food is always superb. The oysters are the best and freshest I have had in Melbourne and the pate and terrines are simply Devine. On my most recent visit I had the pork as a main and I was blown away with the flavor and presentation. All accompanied by a long list of amazing French and Australian wines. Service is also friendly and the staff ( mostly French) are always helpful in recommending which menu items are the current favorites. You will feel like you are in Paris