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Lovely French meal at Tabou, Surry Hills

I have been to Tabou many many years ago and have wanted to go back. I was catching up with a fellow blogger – the doctor to be, S, as she was craving French food and was keen to try this place.

Tabou is located on Crown Street (Cleveland Street end) in Surry Hills. It is not a very big restaurant, you can probably fit 50 people at ground level and 35 people upstairs. The restaurant really did remind me of a bistro in Paris –oh how I miss Paris!

We started with baguette and beurre conviette ($5). Unfortunately the bread wasn’t warm but it was fresh, it had a crunchy exterior and fluffy on the inside. LOVE fresh bread! LOVE!

We shared the soufflé aux fromages ($22) – twice baked gruyere and goat’s cheese soufflé. WOW. It smelt absolutely divine. It was the fluffiest and moistest cheese soufflé I have ever tasted. The crust was golden brown and crunchy, and it sat on a pool of melted cheese – it was seriously rich but heavenly and melted in my mouth! It was falorific, heart attacking but was SOOOO good!

S opted for the steak tartare (entrée size ($18)) – classic steak tartare, sourdough toast and accompaniments. The steak tartare was rich and full of flavour. Eaten with sourdough toast which was crunchy it was superb. It was a generous serving considering it was an entrée size. S demolished this, said it was ‘yummy’ so I can safely assume that she enjoyed it.

I couldn’t go pass the porc ($35) – roasted pork belly and loin, pumpkin and sage. Again a generous portion of pork belly and four thin slices of loin (which you can’t see in this picture below). The pork loin was tender and succulent, however, the pork belly was just to die for. It was so succulent that it melted in your mouth and the crispy skin was crunchy, gooey and chewy – just they way I like it! I love the pumpkin puree, bite size pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. However, I still prefer the pork dish at The Devonshire – the three different cuts of pork was just sublime!

We ordered a side of frites ($6) and it was SO GOOD! Crispy, crunchy and moist on the inside, it was just too good to stop!

I was full by this stage but couldn’t help but order dessert. There is always a different stomach for dessert! I knew S was going to get the Crème Brule ($13) – vanilla crème brule and again it was a generous serving! It definitely passed the ‘crack test’. The custard was wobbly like, moist, delciously creamy and deliciously sweet!

I opted for the fig tart with crème fraiche and vanilla bean ice cream ($14) – AMAZING! Crispy tart with fresh figs and creamy crème fraiche. The vanilla bean ice cream was creamy and excellent. I have been going through a fig crave and this definitely satisfied my cravings.

It was a wonderful evening, and a delightful dinner. Food is fantastic, service and ambience excellent.

Great little spot if you are craving for French food!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Tabou

527 Crown Street

Surry Hills 2010

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Ph: +61 2 9319 5682

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  1. March 14, 2011 at 12:32 am

    This is one of those “I always walk past but never been” places. Looks great especially the tartare!

    • March 14, 2011 at 12:34 am

      you should definitely check it out next time you walk pass. the steak tartare was definitely good value for entree size!

  2. March 14, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Love French food and I’ve always wanted to try this place out but haven’t got around to it! The souffle looks divine!

  3. March 14, 2011 at 4:21 am

    The last time I visited here was about seven years ago, and I really liked it. So glad it’s still going well and serving great French food!

    • March 14, 2011 at 4:27 am

      ya my last visit was 5 years ago! still as good as i remembered it to be 🙂

  4. March 14, 2011 at 4:25 am

    yum i love tabou esp the truffle mash!

    • March 14, 2011 at 4:27 am

      it was a tough decision – truffle mash or fries – and we went for fries but i do love truffle mash!

  5. March 14, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I used to go to Tabou especially for their creme brulee cos they use that wide shallow dish = more brulee on top!

    • March 14, 2011 at 7:24 am

      oh the brulee was good! thanks for dropping by and hope you are recovering well 🙂

  6. March 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

    mmm I want more of the souffle now haha have you tried la brasserie?

    • March 14, 2011 at 10:13 am

      havent been – do you want to go?

      • March 14, 2011 at 10:32 am

        we have so many places we wanna try lol ok will put that down on the list. just let me know when you’re available 😛

      • March 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

        LOL of course 🙂

  7. March 22, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Just heard today Tabou is closing. Very sad time indeed.

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