To many locals, France-Soir epitomises South Yarra, and the French bistro has been a benchmark for unpretentious excellence since it opened over 30 years ago. The renowned menu may change with the seasons but stalwarts such as steak of the highest quality, perfect salty fries and escargots in garlic butter will always endure. The France-Soir carte also features a legendary wine list, mainly but not exclusively French and with something at every price point, for everyday dining or the grandest of occasions.

While trends in Melbourne dining come and go, the exceptionally experienced France-Soir staff, led by chef Géraud Fabre and owner Jean-Paul Prunetti, continue to deliver Parisian-style panache. Tradition is treated with the utmost respect, symbolised perhaps by the white-cloth tables and dark bentwood chairs, but France-Soir is lively, full of bonhomie and never stuffy. As they say themselves, it’s a place where ‘wins are celebrated, deals done and rock stars come and go’. And they’re not exaggerating about the rock stars. Because who are we to say Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger don’t know where to eat?