Taking its name from the original French writer of gastronomy, Bar Savarin has an old-school Parisian vibe, from its dark No 18 Bentwood chairs, wood-panelled walls, French cutlery and linen napkins to its Euro-inspired food menu and rotating list of wine and cocktails.
It has a rockstar group of southside hospo names behind it: Evan Georgopoulos (Bambam Deli & Discoteca), husband-and-wife team Denis Arbatov and Liz Garginian (Applehead Deli), Hugh Sanderson (Custodian Kitchen) and Christopher Keating (Grape & Grain).
Developed by classically French-trained chef Sanderson, the menu includes bite-sized morsels, small plates and mains perfect for eating with a glass of vino, including flathead en papillote and smoked-potato doughnuts with truffle pecorino, then ending with a build-your-own cheeseboard and something sweet.
Keating changes the wine list daily to keep it fresh, with a focus on new wave wines from labels such as Delinquente Wine Co and Brave New Wine. There are 12 by the glass and, if you like what you’re sipping, you can take home a bottle via the bottle shop. Cocktails are classic – the list includes Negroni and Amaretto Sour, for example – but the G&T changes every 10 days, showcasing a different Australian botanical, such as lemon myrtle or wattleseed.
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