Help me Doctor!: Where can I take my mother for her birthday?  She likes French and I took her to France Soir last time. – Huy L

Your prescription: Huy, evidently your mum and I are kindred spirits, as my favourite cuisine is French! As soon as I received your question my mind pinged with a million possibilities, so here goes:

Madame Sousou – It’s Montmatre in Fitzroy. 231 Brunswick St, Fitzroy +61 3 9417 0400

Bistro Vue – Classic bistro fare in a frilly, French provincial setting. 430 Little Collins St, Melbourne 3000 +61 3 9691 3838

Vue de Monde – High end French (or more French inspired). Blow your mind, and your budget. 430 Little Collins St, Melbourne 3000 +61 3 9691 3838

Libertine – Classic French in a cute little place in North Melbourne. 500 Victoria St, North Melbourne +61 3 9329 5228

Bistro Guillaume – The Melbourne outpost of the fabulous Sydney Opera House restaurant by Guillaume Brahimi, although they were having some chef reshufflings recently.  Crown Casino +61 3 9693 3888

The Brasserie by Philippe Mouchel – one of Crown Casino’s better restaurants. Crown Casino +61 3 9292 7808

Jacques Reymond – An industry stalwart. The Age Good Food Guide awarded it three hats and Restaurant of the Year recently. 78 Williams Road, Prahran +61 3 9525 2178

Can I come to dinner? I’ll bring a gift! – Jetsetting Joyce