We went to dinner with T and W, who suggested The French Brasserie. We had a great night.
The night was pouring rain, but the restaurant is spacious and we were made comfortable at a nice table. There was lots of activity around; it seems that Flinders Lane is now a “lively” area, and it was the night the “Same Sex Marriage” legislation passed Parliament which may have had something to do with it.
The approach is very French in staff, service and food. In fact, most of the staff appear to have French as their first language (are they here on working holiday visas?); obviously this is appropriate in this environment, although there were occasional moments when things had to be repeated to ensure there was no confusion. The menu isn’t extensive, but it does appear to be authentic. Our only issue was that the “Le Canard Rôti” was described as “Roast duck breast with slow cooked egg”. We mistakenly (as it turned out) assumed that the duck would be roasted and hence more than pink, but we managed to sort this out amongst ourselves.
The Trip Advisor reviews are very positive. They mention the comprehensive wine list, but seem to gloss over the cost! Sure, you get a lot here, but you need to pay for it, so this is not the place for a bargain night out!