It has been a long time coming, with the previous venue at Crown making way for Neil Perry’s Spice Temple late last year, but Bistro Guillaume at Crown has finally re-opened its doors. Neatly joining the riverfront dining precinct and picking up where the Brasserie by Philippe Mouchel left off, it is of course continuing the French theme, showcasing Guillaume Brahimi’s heritage and training.

Known for his acclaimed Sydney Opera House restaurant, Guillaume at Bennelong, Brahimi will be unveiling a more casual dining experience here in Melbourne with the re-opening.

Word is, despite setting up shop amongst some of the cities swankiest eateries, the new Bistro Guillaume venue will eschew the white linen service for naked tables and serve-yourself wine- no emergency crumb-sweeping here. There’s a high focus on value and an everyday feel, along with a tight wine list that is comfortably split between French and Victorian labels.

Whilst Brahimi will be regularly in the house, the role of head chef will be occupied by Brahimi veteran, Graeme McLaughlin (previously of Guillaume at Bennelong, Quay and Tetsuya’s).

With interiors styled by Red Design, the new space draws on the look and feel of France’s neighbourhood bistros, including classic timber panelling.

It might be musical chairs down at Crown, but we hope Bistro Guillaume has come to rest in the right seat at last.

Bistro Guillaume
Crown Complex, Shop 7, Melbourne,
03 9292 4751

Daily midday-11pm