AFAS Victoria Annual Dinner
Friday, 20 June 2008
The 2008 Annual Dinner was held at Aux Batifolles Restaurant on Swan Street in Richmond.
With all French staff and a menu that's as thoroughly Gallic as that of any Parisian bistro, Richmond's Aux Batifolles is
a classy dining destination for Melbourne Francophiles. The bistro is tucked behind a renovated double-fronted, heritage-style facade, offering
streetside alfresco eating and a cheery atmosphere. It might be near the hub of sports arenas but the atmosphere is casually stylish, bearing
no resemblance to the raucous hubbub of the many surrounding sports bar-style eateries.
The kitchen offers a traditional French cuisine, plumped up with more modern daily specials. Enthusiastic owner and head chef
Stephane Pettier splits his time between the Richmond location and the kitchen of Aux Batifolles' namesake and sister restaurant in North
Fitzroy, where the same Frenchified bistro ambience can be enjoyed. Much of the menu is duplicated between the two restaurants. The friendly
and slightly cheeky service is also a consistent draw at both the sibling venues. – Maya Linden
Members and their guests were honoured on this occasion to be joined by the President of AFAS ACT, Prof. John Love.
The guests were welcomed with a glass of bubbly, followed by dinner consisting of choices from the following menu.
Caille aux potirons – De-boned quail wrapped in proscuitto, sage and parmesan served with pumpkin polenta
Cassolette d’escargots – Snails served with wild mushrooms, shallots, walnut oil, olives & tarragon
Salade Landaise – Smoked duck breast, orange dressing, roasted tomato & prosciutto.
Pithiviers de poulet au homard – Chicken & lobster served in a puff-pastry case with a bisque sauce
Tournedos au pâté de foie de canard – Pan-sealed eye fillet, served with duck-liver paté and forest sauce
Filet de saumon – Salmon served with scallops & celeriac purée and a mussel sauce.
Crème brûlée or Profiteroles or Crêpes.
The wines accompanying the meal consisted of a Sauvignon Blanc, Georges DuBoeuf, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Montgomery (Médoc).
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