The Catbird Seat Bistro sounds like a quirky name for a restaurant, but when you break it down, it makes perfect sense. The “Catbird Seat” is a 1940s-era American term for “sitting pretty”. Seating just 40 people in a compact setting, every patron at The Catbird Seat Bistro feels this way.

Owners James Guldberg and Erinn Jordan head up the kitchen and floor respectively. Their menu has a traditional bistro-style approach while also having the flexibility for customers to enjoy three courses for a special anniversary or some house-cured charcuterie and a glass of wine with friends. Something a bit less than a full-blown meal, that is.

The European influence shines through with daring menu items such as the pork snout with crackle, tongue, apple and kohlrabi; or the wild rabbit pithivier with dates and heirloom carrots. The wine list predictably favours European imports from France and Italy, partnered with a healthy dose of Australian varietals.

The origins of the word bistro are unclear. Some people claim it dates back to the Russian occupation of Paris in 1814. Apparently, peckish Russian officers would shout “bystro!” (“quickly!”) at their Parisian hosts, and a new sort of restaurant was born.

At The Catbird Seat Bistro, you’ll be sitting pretty, enjoying accomplished food in no time at all.

Updated: December 16th, 2019

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