A few months ago I heard of news that Antoine had decided to expand and opened a French bistro in another part of Concord. I made a mental note to check it out one day soon.
Well, the 'soon' occurred a weekend ago. Provence by Antoine is located on Mortlake Street and is in my opinion the quieter part of Concord. I was surprised to see a French bistro located in a small corner of this quiet part of the suburb.
We were early, we got there around noon before the rest of the bistro was filled up with fully booked tables!
Roasted garlic and mixed herb baguette. Served on a rustic board allowing us to cut to our desired size. Nice!
Yamba giant prawns, salmon and scallop mousse with herbs, beautifully grilled from the wood fired oven. The prawns were succulent and sweet and good enough to eat shells and all. Yum!
Croque Monsieur - C had this from the kiddies menu and the little princess said she found the dish to be delicious! I believed her! :)
Moules et Frites - mussels cooked in Mariniere sauce, which was white wine, cream and herbs based. It was served in a deep bowl with the fries in a cute little glass jar. There was also a side of fresh crusty French style baguette which I soaked generously with the white wine sauce.
We then moved on to desserts.
70% dark velvet chocolate mousse served with buttery biscuit. I loved the quirky presentation of the mousse being served in a plant pot. So cute and quite decadent in taste.
Confit caramelised apple tarte tatin with Creme fraiche. It was a very generous serving of the tart. I admired the layers in the tart. Even though A was enjoying her dessert she did struggle to finish it.
CW and I shared dessert and ordered the Cafe Gourmand. It was the tasting plate of all the desserts. There was the chocolate mousse, the tarte tatin, Nougat glacé which was iced nougat, and Lavender pannacotta with poached pear and lemon and lime dressing. Good choice! Loved that I could try a bit of everything and feel I wasn't missing out! My favourite was the nougat glacé.
There were touches of the French provincial in the restaurant and there was even a bicycle resting against the outdoor patio. Cute!
It was nice to see it so full of people dining al fresco in the shade on a summer's day with a wonderful southerly breeze coming through.
Lovely atmosphere with friendly staff and a place you could easily while the afternoon away.
Provence By Antoine
50 Mortlake Street
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