Bistro Moncur Mosman
With over 25 years of patronage of their Woollahra outpost, head chef Damien Pignolet decided in 2016 to venture to the Lower North Shore, introducing Bistro Moncur’s impeccable French cuisine to a very receptive suburban setting.
The introduction of Pignolet's polished French bistro to the Mosman clientele came with the 8-million-dollar refurbishment of the Buena Vista Hotel, which is conveniently connected to Bistro Moncur. This poses the seamless opportunity for before (and most likely after) dinner cocktails.
Upon arrival, the interior layout is rather striking in its presentation; simplistic yet chic. High ceilings with muted tones of fabric curtains, marble table fixtures and enough room between tables that making your way to and from your table will not be a cause for anxiety.
For a brief moment in time, the elegance of the interior almost makes you forget about the main attraction; the menu. You'll find the crowd-pleasing usual suspects here; French onion soufflé to start, and of course the Grilled Sirloin with Café de Paris butter, alongside an equally satisfying variety of modern French dishes including the Sautéed of potato and ricotta gnocchi, zucchini, oyster mushroom and sage butter. The almost pillow-like lightness of the gnocchi was a phenomenal introduction to what more was to come. Consider any of the steaks on the menu as a winning choice, cooked to your every expectation and of course paired with Bistro Moncur’s salty shoestring fries. Be warned though; you'll definitely want to save some room for dessert. After all, who in their right mind would turn down a classic chocolate fondant with vanilla anglaise?
Bistro Moncur delivers meticulous fine dining in a modest and suburban setting and does it extremely well. They also offer ‘BYO Wednesdays’, with no corkage included for the drop you decide to pair with your meal. A perfect excuse to get that little extra hump day happiness.