Chancery Lane on Little Collins Street is a high-end French Bistro of chef Scott Pickett's group. The restaurant is inside the heritage-listed building that has completely transformed from the ex-Vue de Monde's French chic into a sophisticated, sleek European club. The concrete walls, dark leather booths and dark green marble bar under the dim lighting look elegant.
Let's talk about the food.
The appetiser was a prawn cocktail, apple, cantaloupe served on a nasturtium leaf. This snack takes on a new twist of the classic prawn cocktail, refreshing and satisfying. The next plate was the crispy cauliflower croquettes with Comté and truffle. Perfect texture and flavours. The last appetiser was Hervery Bay scallop with fennel and finger lime. This scallop crudo with finger lime was tasty too.
The entree we had Westholme Wagyu tartare, puffed tendon that my husband did enjoy a lot. He put the flavourful, tender wagyu on top of the puffed tendon ate in one big bite. Amazing textures. As for myself, my entree was the smoked kingfish with pickled cucumber. The citrusy jelly and the creamy white sauce added another layer of flavour profile to the kingfish.
My husband preferred to have the cheese platter rather than a sweet dessert. He chose Comté with lavosh and honeycomb as his final course. As for my dessert, I could not resist the temptation of the chocolate tart served with milk ice cream. The velvety dark chocolate paired with the flaky, light shortcrust pastry was unbelievable scrumptious.
The three-course set menu was $100 pp plus the additional appetisers, which added another $70 on top. So it was around $135 pp. The verdict? The food was solid, well-executed and delicious for a Bistro. But if you prefer something a bit fancier, Estelle is the one you need to try.
Thank you for reading this review. I hope you will enjoy the food at Chancery Lane as we did. Bon appetit!
430 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000