Christophe Zauner and Jacqueline Lodge have worked the floor at their petite French eatery since 2002, bustling between the small round tables and greeting each new customer with a friendly, "Bonjour!".
In 2017 the duo took over the adjacent tenancy, doubling the cafe's size and extending its opening hours to include dinner and bar service. The iconic tiled facade (inspired by Paris Metro stations) now extends across two shopfronts, with ample seating inside and out. It's still as busy as ever.
Zauner and Lodge call it their "Brasserie Francaise". It's a popular spot for hospo crew from surrounding bars (many warding off hangovers with a well-made Bloody Mary) and visitors enticed by the venue's European charm.
For brunch, try the Champagne Breakfast For Two with eggs, pastries, salmon, coffee and a bottle of Louis Roederer.
The kitchen serves until 11pm Monday to Thursday, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu includes petits plats (small plates), daily specials, steaks and bar snacks. For something fancier, go for freshly shucked oysters or Serbian caviar ($85 for 10 grams).
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