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Frederic: Melbourne's new European dining precinct

In early August, t​hird-generation restaurateurs​ Nathalie​, Edouard​ and ​Antoine Reymond (Bistro Gitan​,​ L’Hotel Gitan)​ will open the doors to F​rederic​, an all-day European dining precinct set to charm Cremorne locals and destination diners with the hospitality for which the Reymonds are renowned.

Composed of two adjacent venues—relaxed bar concept, Fred's Bar and refined restaurant offering Fredericthe venues will serve separate menus, each a collaboration between the Reymonds.


"We are excited to come to Cremorne with our third venue. It will be a different concept, incorporating what we have learnt over the years and developing something new and fresh for this thriving suburb. Bringing an all-day European dining experience, we're excited to work with so many vibrant businesses and a number of new residential developments in the area," says Antoine Reymond.


At Frederic, diners can anticipate a modern European culinary offering, with dishes from the Reymonds' native France, along with neighbouring Spain and Italy. The menu will have a steak focus, complemented by an ever-changing menu of six seasonal specials.


A Fred's Bar, guests can pair morning coffees with fresh pastries or a selection of European breakfast specials. An all-day menu of considered small plates will be served from 11am, with diners able to graze on house-cured seafood, minute steaks, pasta and more.


A contemporary wine list, the joint oeuvre of Edouard Reymond and Beverage Manager Tim O'Donnell, will feature European and Australian pours, along with a curated selection of bottled craft beers, and two available on tap. 


Conceived by esteemed Melbourne design firm SJB Interiors, with whom the Reymonds collaborated on L'Hotel Gitan, the venues' interiors will emulate French new-wave style, delivering pared-back elegance with striking geometry.


Exposed concrete interior walls are softened with sentimental touches, such as rattan chairs and antique mirrors, while abundant lighting, warm timber joinery and maroon and pale green leather upholstery enchant the spaces with old-world glamour.


Retaining the heritage-listed brick facade, a sunlit, north-facing terrace will welcome diners and drinkers from morning to aperitif hour and beyond.