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A string of bright young things may have recently arrived on the southside dining scene, but the prized tables at France-Soir are as hotly contested as ever. Now in its third decade, this steadfast French bistro delivers fad-free dining for those who crave consistency over novelty and social media cachet. Engaging waiters weave between paper-topped tables, pouring vintage Champagnes and Grand Cru reds from the exceptional French-leaning cellar. The menu reads like a trusted guide to bistro classics: foie gras, duck confit, and steak frites with feather-light béarnaise. A mirror running the length of the narrow dining room is scrawled with the day's specials, enticing diners with lobster bisque or wine-braised rabbit. Desserts promise retro comfort in the form of crème brûlée with an optimal toffee-to-custard ratio, or a wedge of tarte Tatin with a pleasing burnt-sugar edge, proving that age and beauty aren't mutually exclusive.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • E $15-$26

    M $35-$46

    D $16

  • Feature:
  • BYO
    Outdoor dining
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential

    (BYO Sun-Fri)
  • Chef:
  • Géraud Fabre


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