Acclaimed French-born chef, Guillaume Brahimi will open his highly anticipated bistro in Sydney for breakfasts and lunches on Wednesday 7 September, as well as dinner on Saturday nights, and then dinners six nights from October.
Adding to his successful Sydney restaurants Guillaume in Paddington, and The Four in Hand By Guillaume dining room, Bistro Guillaume Sydney will be Brahimi’s third bistro, and his fifth restaurant nationally.
The 130-seat restaurant, located in the heart of the Sydney CBD in 259 George Street’s Suncorp Building, will feature a glamorous Blainey North designed dining room serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, a casual 20-seat bar area serving light lunches during the day and drinks at night, and Brahimi’s first ever patisserie, with house baked French viennoiserie and Iggy’s breads for eat-in and takeaway.
The restaurant menu will feature French bistro classics including some of the dishes Brahimi’s Bistros have become known for in Melbourne and Perth, like classic onion soup, twice baked cheese soufflé with Roquefort sauce, roasted Barossa chicken with tarragon and Paris mash, and steak frites with béarnaise. Brahimi and head chef Jeremy Pace have also added some new dishes that have not appeared on the Bistro menus before such as lamb pithivier, and whiting Colbert with Pomme Pont Neuf. There will also be larger dishes for two to share like the cote de boeuf with kipfler potatoes and sauce béarnaise.
One of the stand outs of the new menu is the dessert trolley where classic French desserts will be served table-side by the slice including lemon tart, millefeuille with Madagascan vanilla cream, Paris Brest, and pistachio trifle or Valrhona chocolate mousse by the scoop.
Brahimi has incorporated his first ever patisserie into the restaurant with a takeaway counter that will feature French bakery classics- house baked croissants, sweet and savoury brioche, pastries and classic tarts, as well as a sandwich, salad and soup du jour, croque monsieur, and tartines. Bistro Guillaume Sydney will be the only place in the CBD to sell a full selection of Iggy’s bread, from baguettes to rolls and loaves. Diners can also order large takeaway tarts and pick them up on their way home from work.
Renowned international designer Blainey North has designed the Bistro Guillaume dining room, creating her first ever Sydney restaurant interior. The interiors are a sophisticated, modern take on the bistros of the Belle Epoque era with brass features, wood panelling, timber flooring and banquettes and high backed chairs in blue leather, as well as custom designed smart chandelier lighting. Feature photographic artworks by London- based artist Julian Marshall will line the walls of the main dining room and the private dining room for 16.
Blainey says, “Imagine you are in Paris in 1910, sitting in a café with Marcel Duchamp, discussing the principles of Cubism. This was the inspiration for the new Bistro Guillaume in Sydney. Like the French artists of that time, the interior was planned using a pure mathematical system, crafting the space in a grid formation through a matrix of timber and bronze frames. The restaurant imbues the sense of nostalgia of an old French bistro, however feels absolutely contemporary with duck egg blue leather banquettes and giant custom designed pendant lights.”
As with all of Brahimi’s venues, wine will be a strong focus with an extensive wine list featuring classic new and back vintages of French and Australian wines, on display in the custom built temperature controlled wine room, which doubles as a private dining room. An Enomatic will also offer aged wines and rare vintages by the glass.
Says Brahimi, “I have been dreaming of opening one of my Bistros in Sydney for years, and it has finally happened! I have been waiting for the right site to be able to create a bistro that has all of my favourite qualities of a classic Parisian dining room. I think what we have created is unique in this city- it’s an elegant room, but still a fun, classic bistro from the bar to the patisserie. I hope people will want to pop in for a croissant and coffee in the morning, a classic tartine or cheese souffle for lunch, and then a perfect steak frites with a great bottle of wine at night. It’s a comfortable bistro for everyone, at any time”.
Bistro Guillaume will open Monday to Friday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Saturday for dinner only.
Breakfast – 7.00am to 10.30am
Lunch – 11.45pm to 3.00pm
Dinner – 5.00pm to 8.00pm