My work mate wasn’t lying when she told me it was literally behind the sex shop – XXX Pink Pussy in bright neon pink lights. Awkward. I guess on the bright side at least the place wasn’t too hard to find. Don’t worry though, L’Atelier Gourmand is a lovely rustic café with a sweet charm (nothing dodgy at all).
The salade de chevre chaud entrée comes down to whether you like goat cheese or not. Goat cheese tasted too pungent for me but it had a lovely melted camembert cheese texture.
Salade de chevre chaud – warm French goat’s cheese on baguette toast with onion jam, pan fried speck, served with a French vinaigrette salad, tomatoes and olive tapenade ($20)
Even with Cantonese my dad says I sound like a white girl trying to speak Chinese … I’m not ready for total humiliation with a language I don’t even know – I could only mumble the words “chicken please” when ordering. It was a bit strange that the place was not packed but it took 40 minute for the food to came out. Tada! The chicken was succulent and juicy, cooked evenly on the inside with each mouthful flavoursome from being marinated in olive oil, garlic and thyme. Buttery and sweet mushroom sauce gave life to the dish and I wanted to dunk everything in it. Fresh veggies on the side with sour vinegar made me feel a bit healthier.
Supreme de poulet a la Forestiere – Chicken Breast marinated in olive oil, garlic and thyme – pan seared then oven cooked, served with a ‘Forestirer sauce’ (Swish mushroom, onion, Port and crème fraiche) and fresh spring vegies poelee ($23)
Woah, D’s porterhouse steak was tender and fatty with vibrant delicious flavours infused into it. The steak sat on a bed of creamy potatoes which D kept raving about (I think he raved about it even more than the steak).
Steak a la Bordelaise – Porterhouse steak cooked medium rare, Shiraz and shallot sauce, served with gratin Dauphinois ($26)
Sigh, I wish all snickers tasted this good. Thick sweet ganache with a layer of salted caramel and crunchy peanuts. A scope of vanilla icecream and peanut brittle topped it off but what did it for me was that delicious ganache. Chocolate I could never hate you.
Snickers a ma Facon – Belgium dark chocolate ganache, salted caramel and peanuts, butter sable biscuit and homemade vanilla ice cream ($11.50)
For something a little different and a bit fancy give L’Atelier Gourmand a try – beautifully plated dishes with some yummy meals. We weren’t actually after breakfast food so for us the menu was limiting where there was only 4 non-breakfast items.