The venue, a New York-influenced French brasserie, will open in a basement on Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street on 1st July.
Bar Margaux belongs
to the award-winning hospitality group Made in the Shade, which is owned by
Michael Madrusan and his wife Zara. The group operates some of Melbourne’s most
groundbreaking and successful venues including Heartbreaker, Connie’s Pizza and The Everleigh.
Michael and Zara have collaborated with interior designer Deanie Madrusan of BAR Studio, on the dim-lit, glamorous 100-seat bar and restaurant that reflects the Parisian-style brasseries of New York. Details include classic chequered black and white tiled flooring, an all-zinc bar top, rich red leather banquettes and custom pendants and sconces inspired by Café St Regis in Paris.
Michael and Zara have also taken inspiration with the food and drinks menu. French-trained Group Executive Chef Daniel Southern (ex-Vue Group and L’Oustal) has designed a menu of French bistro classics. Dishes on the opening menu include: duck frites, escargots de Bourgogne, moules Basquaise and the signature ‘MGX’ cheeseburger.
The kitchen has been fitted out with a Synergy grill to perfect the three steaks on the menu. There will also be daily specials running throughout the week, including fondue for two, coq au vin and beef bourguignon and a ‘Beggars Banquet’ that is optional for parties of four or more. It includes a bottle of Champagne, oysters, steak tartare and frites for $99.
With a late-night licence, there will be a substantial supper menu available until the early hours of the morning, which includes French onion soup, steak frites, the ‘MGX’ burger and a croque monsieur.
Michael has designed a cocktail menu split into three categories – light aperitif, serious styles and digestif, including French and Italian spritzs, the Black Velvet (Guinness and Champagne), the Cafe Royale (coffee, Cognac and cream served hot), plus half-size Martinis and Manhattans. The wine program is being handled by Made in the Shade’s Group Manager, Marty McCaig, and is approachable and affordable with local producers including Lyons Will, Tellurian and The Wine Farm featured. The Champagne list runs from small, boutique Champagne growers including Chartogne-Taillet and Agrapart, through to the classic producers Billecart-Salmon and Krug.
111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 4pm–3am and Friday and Saturday from 4pm–5am
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org – walk-ins welcome
Image caption: Michael Madrusan (left) and Zara Madrusan (right)