The Eiffel bar in Brasserie Gustave‘s basement floor makes a mean gin and tonic, using gin from a fabulous French distillery and mixed and served by the charming man behind the restaurant, Richard Weiss.
Richard adds bucket loads of charm with his stories about the industry, France, and there’s nothing your host doesn’t know about French wines too.
The dining room is reminiscent of a quintessential Parisian brasserie with Art Nouveux and Art Deco prints adorning the walls, red leather banquettes, dark wood tables and bunches of sunflowers filling the room.
We started with the Brasserie Gustave house specialities of bone marrow and escargot and both dishes were phenomenal. The wines were paired exquisitely by Richard himself who took the time to explain just which notes in the wine worked with the flavours on the plate.
The escargot were beautifully presented and packed a punch of flavour – our only regret was opting for 6 rather than 12, which they also offered on the menu.
Mains were a great and succinct selection of fish, meat and real seasonal French dishes and we opted for classic fillet and onglet steaks.
The fillet was finished at skillet by the table with the peppercorn sauce freshly prepared before our eyes as it rested. Jaw dropping quantities of cognac butter and cream had us salivating and the sauce, the steaks and the drama of it all were simply perfect.
Converted by the theatre of the tray service we opted for table-side flambéed crêpe suzette smothered in freshly prepared caramel sauce, and a huge portion of creme brûlée. Both had the hallmark of a fantastic dessert: indulgent, naughty and delicious!
I can’t say a bad word about Brasserie Gustave and the whole experience ranks as one of my best dining experiences of the year to date. Richard, his team, his take on classic French cooking, the Eiffel bar, the wines – simply put, Brasserie Gustave is brilliant.