Since 1999 Koots Salle à Manger has been owned and run by Patrice and Catherine Repellin. A favourite with locals & critics alike since its inception, Koots Salle à
Manger conveys an ambience of understated romance and sophistication that befits the house "modern French" style and welcomes diners with comfort in mind.
Chef Patrice Repellin gained experience in classic French cuisine in restaurants and fine hotels first in his native France, and then Switzerland. Abroad, his experience in the USA and
Caribbean, and then in Sydney restaurants afforded him an appreciation for a light, fresh approach to fine produce, and this has become his hallmark. With chefs hats in "The Age" Good Food Guide
every year since 2004, Koots Salle à Manger offers a level of innovation and consistency that are rare in the Melbourne landscape.
For lunch, the"Prix Fixe" $30 two-course special continues to draw crowds. Outside, our courtyard beckons on sunny days and warm nights for stylish al fresco dining. Inside, there's
a chateau-style open fireplace for when there's a chill in the air.
While things are constantly being tweaked to refine the experience for our diners, comfortable hospitality and confident style remain the focus. And of course, our food. Here, the menu achieves
balance between old-world techniques and fine new-world innovation.
With its warm charm and understated style, this is a place that buzzes with local flavour: an open invitation to relax, feel good and indulge one’s inner gourmand.
We look forward to your visit.
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OPEN TUESDAY TO SATURDAY FOR DINNER.
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Quotes from recent press about Koots:
"..a warm greeting and attentive, knowledgeable service. Unchanged, too, is the first-class French food, at once classic and contemporary."
The Age Good Food Guide 2013
"The Salle a Manger lives up to its name's translation, a dining room, but with elegance and atmosphere from its marble bar, fireplace and chandelier to its upholstered chairs. It's French, but
not bistro, and it's classic, but not just the classics."
The Age Good Food Guide 2012
Award winner in The Age Good Food Guide 2004 to 2013
"Koots has undergone something of a minor revolution...The place certainly feels like it has a new energy". Michael Harden, Australian Gourmet Traveller, November 2009 (read the full
Larissa Dubecki, food critic for The Age's Epicure section, reviews Koots Salle à Manger with a score of 15/20. See the full review of 5 May
“….Koots is the quintessence of the chef's own restaurant. Focused, tightly run and with enough Gallic insouciance in the air to suggest something special, it's home to the consistent
excellence of Patrice Repellin's modern French food.”
The Age Good Food Guide 2008.
“Repellin exercises a light hand while simultaneously dismissing gimickry...
His trump card comes with a faultless crème brûlée... Confident, apparently effortless service and a romantic undercover courtyard make Koots the perfect neighbourhood bistro.."
The Age Good Food Guide 2008 (to read the whole review, click here)