7.2Overall Score

Bistro Mosman
76 Middle Head Road, Mosman, NSW
Lunch: Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm-3pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday, 5:30pm to late
02 82872 2968

French anyone?

In the heart of Mosman, you’ll find every locals favourite pub, The Buena Vista – commonly referred to as either the Buena or BV. Attached to the Buena, you’ll find the newly opened Bistro Mosman. Previously Bistro Moncur Mosman (Public House Management Group), the French restaurant which failed to hit it off with locals, has now been replaced by Bistro Mosman, which offers a French bistro menu alongside daily specials that showcase Australian and local produce. The menu has been tweaked and the drinks menu has evolved somewhat – there’s now a Gin and Tonic bar – yay!

While the menu is definitely *slightly* more affordable, do we think it’ll be a success? Bistro Moncur was good, but it definitely wasn’t amazing. Which is probably why no one could justify spending $45 on an average steak. We’d like to think Bistro Mosman has a better chance.

Bistro Mosman is operating under Tilley and Wills (Social at Verandah, Greenwood Hotel), Wills being Nick Wills, a former Mosman local. The decor is much the same, it’s elegant and casual, marble tables and the now iconic and recognisable green paint of the bistro. But what about the food?

The food is good – not average like its predecessor. We tried the Barossa chicken liver pate with cornichons, onion jam and brioche ($22), and that was probably our favourite dish of the evening – nothing beats a well done pate. The second entree was the staple French onion soufflé gratin with thyme infused cream ($22), another well done and thoroughly enjoyed dish – definitely not for one person though. For mains we tried the suggested three ‘Cowra’ lamb cutlets with ratatouille and thyme jus ($38), and the seared duck breast with carrot purée, glazed heirloom carrots and a blood orange sauce ($39). Plus, because you can’t not try the frites, we had a side of the hand cut fries ($10).

It was yummy, there’s no doubt. But for the price? We think not. The cutlets were a third of the size of your palm, and for just over $12 a cutlet that’s not great. The duck was good and we have to say probably our second favourite dish of the evening. And the frites – sweet little potato sticks of happiness.

The desserts however, they were brilliant. If we could have a meal of desserts (and this is something we may or may not have done before) we would. We tried the lemon tart with meringue, and folks take it from us, it was without a doubt, one of the best we’d ever had. We also tried the tantalising Caramel creme, a light and flavoursome treat that we wish we could make at home…

So the food was good, it was nicely presented and the atmosphere was extremely cosy. But we had to wait, and wait and it did cross our minds that a nap would be awesome. On a quiet Tuesday night we had hoped to move things along a little faster than nearly three hours for two. The staff were lovely and helpful, but the food was slow and when you’re hungry – you’d hate to end up hangry.

The gin and tonics were positively delicious – for $16 a pop in a wine glass the size of your head, we say yes. We tried the Archie Rose ‘Signature Dry’, with lime, rhubarb bitters and a whopping chunk of pear and the ever-tasty Fever Tree Indian tonic. Hot damn, it’s good. We then tried the Four Pillars ‘Christmas’, with Maraschino cherry, orange and cinnamon – Christmassy perfection in a glass if you ask us.

Would we go again? Probably, just too see what more there is (especially off the drinks menu). We say choose from one of their weekly specials to get the best value for money, including the three-course ‘Local’s Dinner’ every Tuesday for $59 a head, BYO Wine night on Wednesdays and Bottomless Rosé lunches on weekends.