There’s something undeniably special about a chef-created open-faced sandwich, and Andrew Beddoes knows it. When honeymooning in Lyon, he fell hard for tartines – France’s take on the open sandwich – and decided to devote a Melbourne eatery to them.

Day and night, Tartine’s menu revolves around a small, seasonal selection of tartines ranging from a pear, roquefort, vincotto and basil combo; to a tuna à la Provençale with dill; to a crab version served with a shellfish emulsion and green-apple gel. Each is served on house spelt and rye sourdough (inspired by France’s famous Poilâne bread).

You can also buy loaves in the attached provedore, along with jars of spicy house-brined tuna, malt butter and other condiments perfect for slathering over toast. It’s not all tartine-related, though: the menu might also include crisp, truffle-y hash browns, gnocchi Parisienne (French-style gnocchi made with choux pastry) and classic steak frites.

With chequerboard floors and an airy green and white fit-out, Tartine offers a quintessentially French dining experience, right in the heart of Melbourne’s inner east.

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Updated: April 12th, 2024

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