When we were in Melbourne (over two weeks ago now..seems longer than that somehow) it was date night. Speed-eater bf and I have this little tradition happening, whereby every month we alternate turns of organising a date. For the month of September it was speed-eater-bf’s turn. Now to tell you the truth I am not all that good when it comes to bf’s turn to organise date night. I pester him for the majority of the month about when the date is, what we are doing, where we are going… (you get my drift). Speed-eater being of a more relaxed nature then myself tends to organise them at the last minute or on a whim which doesn’t work so much for me as I love planning and I love being able to get excited about knowing when date night/day is going to be. On this occasion I knew date night was going to be on the Thursday night and I was super excited all week about it as I knew it was going to be in Melbourne. When I checked in with speed-eater on Thursday arvo, he was undecided as to where we were going however was on the case.
So I got myself dressed up, as did bf and at around 6pm off we went on foot in search of the venue. Speed-eater hadn’t told me where we were going and this added to my excitement. I had to bite my tongue to stop myself from asking him where we going so as not to ruin the surprise (see bf would just tell me if I asked! he’s good like that).
We arrived at Bistro Vue. As this was a last minute decision by speed-eater he was unsure whether we would get a table (and had a back up plan in case) however we were told it was no problems and seated. I was absolutely delighted with speed-eater’s choice. Firstly the decor of the restaurant was gorgeous! Bright red cushions on the seats and a really moody feel. Nice for a date night!
We were given complimentary bread, which I loved! It was nice and chewy and reminded me of the bread speed-eater and I ate in Paris.
We decided against ordering an entrée and instead thought we would order the Grass Fed dry aged Rib Eye 600g (for 2; $120). The steak was perfectly cooked (we chose medium), tender and full of flavour. It was served with three different types of sauces (we only thought we were getting one and were pleasantly surprised when there were three), pepper, béarnaise, and sauce Diane; and pommes pont neuf. I had to asked the waitress what the latter was, and I was informed they were triple cooked chips! Wow. These however did not impress me all that much, they weren’t as crispy as I had hoped.
We also ordered some sides to go with our steak; a salade ($6), french beans ($9) and mushroom fricassee, goat’s cheese and tarragon ($10). The salade was not anything to write home about, a few lettuce leaves and some carrot. Speed-eater very much enjoyed the french beans whilst my favourite was the mushrooms. They came in a little pot and when I removed the lid I could not wait to dig in. The combination of the goat’s cheese with the mushrooms and tarragon was spot on.
By the time we had finished our mains the restaurant was full! It had been almost empty when we arrived. We noticed that service was not as attentive and it was difficult for us to even get the dessert menu. Where we were seated too became somewhat unpleasant when a table were seated in the alfresco area. Being a colder night in Melbourne every time the waitress went outside to attend to the table (and they did ALOT!) a cold wind would blow straight in my direction. Arghh…I hate being seated near doors at restaurants! So despite speed-eater being keen for dessert I ended up hitting my limit with the cold wind and we ended up leaving.
Despite the ending to the night it was a lovely evening and we could not fault the food. Speed-eater did well with his date night…now to me for next month which I have been excited about since I booked it three months ago…a Saturday night degustation at Restaurant Amuse in Perth. Bring. It. On.