Best Known For

Crispy pork belly, baby carrots, broccolini, truffled Dauphine sticks, pear puree and Brandy sauce.

About A La Bouffe Bar & Bistro

Romancing South Yarra diners with classic French character and charm is A La Bouffe, the latest venture by Chef Jacky Frenot – a true industry veteran with a career spanning nearly 50 years. Staff fluent in French add to the appeal of this quaint corner restaurant, a local echo of an authentic Parisienne brasserie. A vegetarian menu offers dishes like gnocchi fait maison – housemade saffron gnocchi with cherry tomatoes, spring onions, asparagus and Parmesan – while kangaroo fillet with sautéed baby spinach, sweet potatoes, poached pear, chocolate glaze and jus may appeal to the carnivores among us. Dessert is a must - among the decadent options, perhaps enjoy delice au chocolat self-saucing chocolate pudding with vanilla ice cream – paired with a glass of apple and chestnut liqueur.

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A few words from A La Bouffe Bar & Bistro

Jacky was born in Rouen, Normandy France and also completed his apprenticeship in the same town. Jacky started cooking with his mother at the age of 8 years because he loved food, especially desserts (there are 13 desserts featured on the A La Bouffe menu, plus the dessert specials). He prepared his first cocktail party for the next door neighbours at 15, one year into his apprenticeship. He then took on his first job as a chef after his apprenticeship at age 17 supervised by the owner.

After reading a magazine about Australia he packed his suit case and arrived in Australia in December 1971, age 21. Jacky could not speak a word of English except for good morning and good evening. His first job was at Le Chateau in Queens Road but because most of the chefs spoke French, after a couple of months he moved on to another restaurant where more English was spoken.

Jacky as Chef opened many land mark restaurants with the owners, to name a few: MontMartre in Grey Street St Kilda, the French Connection in Brighton, the Left Bank in Malvern, the Balzac at Jolimont, Moustache in Camberwell and then opened his own restaurants, Ma Maison in Beaumaris in 1985 and La Banque in Mornington in 1988. For the last 5 years Jacky was executive chef at Chez Olivier in Elsternwick and Prahran and then opened A La Bouffe on 7 July with his business partner Gabrielle Dewan.

"Wonder where the local French go for a taste of home? Wonder no more". A La Bouffe is where you will experience true French hospitality. When the French back home get together with friends and family to prepare a meal, when all the chopping, mixing and baking is done, the cook calls out "A la bouffe" let's eat and the family /friends sit down to their home cooked meal. That is what you will experience at A La Bouffe – an informal, friendly and delicious experience. No pretensions, just good friendly service and delicious food. When French visitors are feeling home sick for some Cream Brulée or Clafoutis (traditional sour cherry pudding) this is where they visit.

Come to our little corner of France in the middle of Prahran and South Yarra shopping precinct and indulge your senses with our extensive range of popular traditional and contemporary French dishes. Try our Seafood Millefeuille, puff pastry with mussels, scallops and prawns in seafood bisque. Or try our Pavé a La Béarnaise, grass fed Goulburn Valley beef thick eye fillet, Pommes Sarladaises, green salad and Béarnaise sauce which is served on the side in a separate container so you can control the amount you have with every bite. Just two samples from our menu. There is an extensive new wine list featuring French and Australian wines, aperitifs and beers.

Location & Map

268 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141 VIC - See Map

Opening Hours

Mon  11:30:AM - 11:30:PM
Tue  11:30:AM - 11:30:PM
Wed  11:30:AM - 11:30:PM
Thu  11:30:AM - 11:30:PM
Fri  11:30:AM - 11:30:PM
Sat  11:30:AM - 11:30:PM
Sun  Closed

Groups & Functions

  • Up to 50 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Christmas Party
  • Cocktail Party
  • Conference
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Wedding
  • Banquets
  • Canapes
  • Cocktails
  • Degustation
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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Member Reviews (8)


Fantastic Fish Special
One of the nicest fist i have had in a long time. Great food Professional service


Great Food Great Service
Confit Duck was superb, Crepes Suzette flambeed at the table magnifique. The place is cosy and have a very nice feel


Walking to A La Bouffe is like walking in a Brasserie in Paris. The French atmosphere, the waiting staff all speaking French, just a nice feeling. The special cheese souffle superb, Prawn ravioli, confit duck, the pork belly on special, all superbly cook. The service was very good, and the wine recommendations spot on. We finish with the gluten free chocolate pudding. Overall a very pleasant night, it was like been transported to Paris


Sat at the bar looking at Toorak Road and enjoyed some wonderful desserts during the French film festival.The place was very busy, and i guess we got lucky to seat at the bar, all other tables were taken. A La Bouffe desserts menu is very large,they do not do things halfway, i count 16 including the specials. The millefeuille on special is to died for, so good, incredible. The gluten free chocolate fondant was an other very good one. The service was very good and friendly, all the staff are French. This made for a wonderful night after the movie.


Went there for wedding anniversary and was amazing!! Would definitely return!