A rather posh restaurant popular with the corporate set near the Paris end of Collins Street, The French Brasserie enjoys loyal custom from the surrounding office buildings. It's tucked away behind 101 Collins, off Flinders Lane, down the same alleyway which hosts Eau De Vie. If you find yourself near The French Brasserie, then make it a point to visit E.D.V. for a pre-meal aperitif or a post-meal tipple.
Both of these establishments specialise in the art of refinement. Whereas E.D.V. has been designed to evoke memories of velvet curtains, and chaise lounges, and eras bygone, The French Brasserie on the other hand is comprised of sleek lines, and smooth surfaces, and modern sophistication.
Unfortunately, in this instance, we only had the luxury of enjoying a less than sophisticated dinner at our desks. A beautifully rich, and decadent dinner nevertheless. The menu isn't overtly extensive, and the takeaway options are even more limited, but what it does do, it does very very well.
The baguette came to us slightly warm, with a crunchy crust, yet softly doughy once pried apart. It didn't come with any butter, but luckily the sides of French beans were generously drizzled with a decadent butter sauce and there was plenty of liquid for the whole loaf.
The French beans themselves were green and crunchy and topped with sauteed onions and almond flakes. It was a winning combination and the perfect accompaniment with our steaks.
The steak was similarly outstanding, and even though, it was takeaway steak, it maintained its succulence and juiciness, and medium rare texture - I was severely impressed. Oh and those French fries that are also peeking out in the photo? They somehow also maintained their crunch and gastronomical integrity. After that satisfying meal, the long night ahead suddenly didn't seem so tragic anymore.