Door to fine French
FINE French food with five-star service is how Nedlands restaurant Chez Pierre describes itself, and I’d have to agree.
Opened in 2007 with chef and owner Pierre Ichallalene at the helm, it has definitely brought the crème de la crème of French cuisine to a bustling Stirling Highway.
With a range of menus including a la carte, themed and degustation, Ichallalene and his talented team work with the freshest and finest seasonal local produce, while also sourcing products direct from France.
Dining from the Business Lunch menu, which offers diners two options including the two course (with choice) for $40 or three course (with choice) for $45 there were a range of French favourites to choose from.
The light yet cheekily indulgent Pate Maison was the ideal way to start.
Prepared in house chicken liver, peppercorn and cognac pate, served with pork rillettes, pickled French gherkins, spiced cranberry chutney, caramelised white wine onions and toasted brioche ($19.50), it was good.
I have to admit I’m not the biggest pate fan but Chez Pierre does it so well.
And what the French do brilliantly is give you a taste of the good stuff but only sparingly, allowing you to enjoy the richer and heavier dishes later on.
Which brings me to the Joue De Boeuf a la Bourguignonne.
I first tried this in Paris years ago and I’ve been hard pressed to find one that quite lives up to it, but Chez Pierre comes pretty close.
Tender beef cheek, slowly braised in red wine and served with lardons, caramelised shallots, mushrooms and finished with a rich red wine sauce ($36.50), it is the perfect winter warmer.
Tearing with every forkful and with the loveliest jus, I enjoyed every bite, even wiping the bowl clean with their freshly baked baguette ($4.50).
Having studied at the Cordon Bleu in France and with parents who have run some of Perth’s best restaurants, Ichallalene knows his stuff and from this experience it’s clear Chez Pierre c’est si bon.
After Pate Maison for starters (above) it was on to the Joue De Boeuf a la Bourguignonne (top).