The third generation of one of Melbourne’s great hospitality families – Nathalie, Edouard and Antoine Reymond – will open Frederic, a new all-day European dining precinct in Cremorne.
It’s from the restaurateur siblings (the sons and daughter of chef Jacques Reymond) also behind L’Hôtel Gitan and Bistro Gitan. The project is made up of two complementary parts: restaurant Frederic and all-day diner Fred’s Bar.
“We wanted to do something a bit more broadly European as opposed to the Gitans that are a lot more French focused,” Antoine Reymond tells Broadsheet.
“If you want to go out for a nice business lunch then the bistro’s perfect. But … we have a separate menu in the bar that’ll be a little bit more relaxed and quick,” says Reymond. “So you’ll come in and have a minute steak or a nice little pasta dish. Or you can just come in and have a charcuterie board, some cheese and a glass of wine.”
Frederic sits at the bottom of an eight-level boutique office building, the foyer of which will separate the two venues. The bistro will open from 11.30am and the bar from 7am, both until late.
The menu at Frederic will jump between France, Spain and Italy, and will have a focus on steak in the bistro and six rotating seasonal specials. At Fred's, fresh brioche, tarts and gateaux will be served throughout the day.
Architects SJB, also responsible for designing L’Hôtel Gitan, were influenced by ’60s and ’70s French New Wave cinema for the design. There will be maroon and pale-green leather throughout, and the exterior will retain its heritage-listed brick facade and also feature a north-facing terrace.
“In the bar there’ll be mirrors, concrete walls and harder surfaces. In the bistro it’ll be timber and warmer surfaces,” says Reymond. “The idea is that there will be a little bit of something for everyone.”
Frederic will open at 9–11 Cremorne Street, Cremorne in September.