Irish chef Peter Roddy (formerly of London’s Le Gavroche) and his partner, Ebony, are the dream team that runs this petite gem of a restaurant. He delivers an exquisite French menu, while she curates a seamlessly efficient, welcoming and convivial dining experience front of house. A historic Richmond shopfront opens up to a black, pared-back bistro that buzzes with warmth, laughter and conversation.
The food is classically French, with twists that play to the strengths of prime Australian produce. Eye fillet of beef tartare is a column of juicy tartare sitting alongside fresh Waldorf salad and crunchy pommes gaufrettes. The green apple and walnuts in the salad lift the tartare to another level. Yellowfin tuna niçoise boasts soft cubes of fish scattered in the balanced salad of soft-poached quail egg, salty black olive tapenade and blanched beans.
PSST! The $55 per person Sunday lunch combines shared tastings of six set courses. Add bottomless Louis Perdrier champagne for $30 per person.