Some of the best ideas have started over a dinner conversation, and Entrecôte is no different.
When owner Jason M Jones met Adam North of Hopkins River Beef for a meal in Paris, the seed for a Parisian steakhouse was planted. Taking inspiration from Le Relais De L’Entrecôte – the iconic one-dish restaurant in Port-Maillot – they brought the concept down under, dishing up a simple idea: exceptional quality porterhouse steak, green salad and a never-ending supply of fries.
Situated across from the Botanic Gardens in the building that played host to the famous Lynch’s Restaurant for more than 30 years, the venue fits into the Melbourne landscape just as well as it would in Paris, with a fit out courtesy of David Flack of Flack Studio. Paying homage to the grandiose of a traditional steakhouse, the team gave new life to some of Lynch’s furniture, including burgundy velvet banquettes and vintage light fittings, to create a classic neighbourhood bistro.
The juicy cuts on your plate are all from pasture-fed Black Angus cattle, courtesy of Hopkins River Beef. They form the perfect canvas for Head Chef, Simon Moss, to lather in his appropriation of Le Relais’ famous sauce. Coupled with a bottomless serving of chips and a side salad of radish, walnuts and Dijon vinaigrette, you’ll be transported to the cobblestones of the French capital with just one bite.
However, Entrecôte isn’t a one-trick pony, serving breakfast from 7am to 3pm, including French toast served with lemon curd ice cream, champagne-poached rhubarb and buttered almonds; and a brioche breakfast roll stuffed with golden folded eggs, emmental cheese, smoked bacon and tomato relish. The dining room opens at midday and continues through to midnight, offering a menu that sees traditional caviar, accompanied by blini, crème fraiche, sieved egg, shallots and baby capers appearing above oysters shucked to order and French onion soup. Finish the night with a selection of French cheeses or an array of traditional sweet treats, including crème brûlée and mille-feuille.
Stop by for happy hour from 4 till 6pm every day, where $2 oysters are washed down with $12 glasses of Mumm champagne. No matter the time of day, Entrecôte will look after all your French foodie needs.