From the royal squares of the Louvre to the low-lit, people-watching den of Paris' Hotel Costes, French courtyards have long drawn the world's most elite and intriguing. As Woollahra favourite, French dining spot Bistro Moncur opens at Mosman's The Buena, the light-filled dining room and just-in-time-for-summer al fresco area is sure to be no different.
With a menu curated by award-winning chef Guillaume Brahimi, fans of the eastern suburbs institution can enjoy much of the same menu favourites - French onion soufflé gratin and Café de Paris grilled sirloin - with a few new additions such as potato and ricotta gnocchi and mango meringue with passionfruit sorbet. Among Brahimi's past successes, the two-hatted Pond in Potts Point and the three-hatted Quay and Guillaume at Bennelong in the Opera House.
As the jewel in the crown of the newly-revitalised, 1901-built 'The Buena' pub in Mosman, Bistro Moncur will be one of three separate sections in the establishment run by Brahimi and chef Ben Varela with a clever collection of cocktails from star mixologist Kurtis Bosley (Royal Hotel Paddington, Four in Hand, Collaroy Hotel, Woollahra hotel).