With a name well suited to its location at Hunters Hill’s elegant sandstone village, Le Village is the third venue from co-owners David and Meredith Poirier (owners of Rozelle’s La Grande Bouffe and Gladesville’s Bistro Meme). With patterned tiled floors, dark timbers and abstract art on the walls, the interior here is distinctly French chic.
With a welcoming aroma of freshly baked French pastries and artisan breads, which are on display in the glass cabinet, breakfast is best started with a buttery croissant and house-made raspberry jam. Those who want to venture beyond the classics should try the bubble and squeak with caramelised onion, ham and fried duck egg.
The weekend brunch crowd hits Le Village’s landscaped terrace before midday, just as the lunch menu takes over. Young families devour confit duck and onion jam baguettes and fluffy omelettes with ham and cheese or goat's cheese and herbs. The casual feel of this reasonably priced French bistro runs through to the evening, with generous portions of braised lamb shoulder with fennel, olives and toasted breadcrumbs and flank steak with baby beetroot, eschallot and horseradish cream to choose from.