PROFILED BY DE GROOTS MEDIA The menu is a fanfare of all the fabulous dishes that waft fondly into mind when talking about classic French cookery.

Think onion soup, entrecote steak with Bearnaise sauce, creme caramel and – of course – escargots. Here the little gastropods are presented to gastronomes after a slide around the pan with garlic, mushrooms, shallots and herbs. The duck liver pate is house-made as are the delightful tarts and pastries available from breakfast time onward – perfect with coffee while having a break from browsing the surrounding shops of Burnside Village. Many a matriarch of this elegant eastern suburb has rested her well-heeled feet under the tables of this chic eatery – ladies who lunch lap Bistro France up the way they would no doubt love to lap up the last drops of their duck a l’orange sauce. And you couldn’t blame them if they did – the rich citrus warmth of the Grand Marnier glaze is a highpoint of the iconic dish.

Like duck and orange, pork and prunes partner well. Chef Andrew Elliott also stuffs his piggy fillets with pine nuts before sousing them with port. Speaking of wine, drops on the list include Billecarte-salmon bubbles and several French labels, among a South Australian-focused bunch. Those who salute the souffle can do so with one that is double baked and ballooning with three types of cheese. Or you can enjoy the flame – and flamboyance – of crepe suzettes in a dining room filled with belle-epoque prints, Absinthe posters and long-handled French copper pans. Suffice to say Bistro France is brought to us by the stalwarts of the French dining scene in Adelaide, chef Jacques Naudin and his wife Christine, who have now closed the doors of their legendary La Guillotine.

Roz Taylor, June 2009

An excellent French restaurant offering authentic delicious cuisine

4 of 5 stars
Adelaide Australia
6 Feb 2010

This restaurant can be difficult to find- tucked away in a corner of a large shopping center. It’s worth finding.

They offer distinct styles of service:

- Lunch is mainly casual light meals with some French inspiration, at reasonable prices. It’s a busy venue, so it would pay to make a reservation.

- Dinner is a la carte, with a focus on good quality French food. Pricing is higher, reflecting the nature of the food.

Escargots, Onion soup, pate and double baked cheese soufle figure as appetizers of note. They have daily specials- always worth considering. On quieter nights (Wednesday usually) they offer a delicious dessert soufflé. This is a pleasant place to go for a French meal. It’s a small and intimate restaurant- and popular- hence a reservation is a good idea.

Highly recommended

Bistrofrance Customer Reviews

Food: Outstanding  Setting/Decor: Very Good  Service: Very Good  Value: Very Good

18/20 As an avid french food lover, it is very exciting when a new french restaurant opens up in my area. I have been lucky enough to visit quite a few different french restaurants and bistros including ‘Bistro Vue’ in Melbourne and ‘Bistro Moncur’ and ‘Taboo’ in Sydney, (which are all exceptional places I might add) but in my honest opinion, Bistrofrance undoubtedly offers the greatest traditional French food experience. I had the duck confit which was superb and my husband had kangaroo. For desert we shared a creme brulee and deliciously light passionfruit and mango souflee. Service was very friendly, and we loved all the vintage posters and copper. Winelist was good offering both french and australian selections. This is an exceptional place, we will definately be back.

Bistrofrance Review by frenchfoodie – Friday, 27 February 2009