Sydney-based chef Guillaume Brahimi opens a new bistro today with a thrilling new addition. Did someboday say patisserie?
Nobody does pastry quite like a French chef, especially when you're talking about Gallic specialties such as fresh-baked croissants, sweet and savoury brioche, croque monsieur, tartines and tarts. But lucky for us, Sydney has been blessed with the enterprising talents of French-born chef Guillaume Brahimi, who opens his first NSW-based Bistro Guillaume in Sydney's CBD today. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday nights (for now - dinner will expands to six nights come October), the 130-seater is nestled in the heart of Sydney's bustling centre on 259 George Street, aka the Suncorp building.
Designed in the Belle Epoque style of interior designer Blainey North, the space has been imaged as a Parisian dining room - complete with a 20-seat bar and Guillaume's first-ever patisserie featuring house-baked French delicacies, sandwiches, salads, soup du jour and Iggy's world-famous breads for eat-in and takeaway. On the menu? Expect Brahimi classics available at his four other restaurants and bistros, such as classic onion soup and twice baked cheese soufflé with Roquefort sauce, alongside new menu additions like lamb pithivier and whiting Colbert with Pomme Pont Neuf.
Oh, and we haven't even got the best bit yet. In addition to a carefully selected wine list, there's also a dessert trolley on hand to delivers classic French temptations such as lemon tart, millefeuille with Madagascan vanilla cream, Paris Brest, pistachio trifle and Valrhona chocolate mousse by the scoop. So good.
According to Guillaume, who has two other bistros in Perth and Melbourne already, Sydney was always on the agenda, it just came down to finding the right spot. "I've been dreaming of opening one of my Bistros in Sydney for years," he says. "And it has finally happened! I think what we have created is unique in this city - it's an elegant room, but still a fun, classic bistro from the bar to the patisserie. I hope people will want to pop in for a croissant and coffee in the morning, a classic tartine or cheese souffle for lunch, and then a perfect steak frites with a great bottle of wine at night." Don't mind if we do.
Bistro Guillaume is open for breakfast, lunch and Saturday night dinners. In October, it will be open for dinner six nights a week.
Breakfast: 7.00am to 10.30am
Lunch: 11.45pm to 3.00pm
Dinner: 5.00pm to 8.00pm
259 George St, Sydney, bistroguillaumesydney.com.au