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Published June 22nd 2015
A little touch of France in the Eastern Suburb


The eastern suburbs of Sydney is becoming a popular weekend brunch spot for many locals and visitors. Specifically, Darlinghurst is turning into a hip place with many quaint shops and eateries including a French-inspired cafe, Sel et Poivre.

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A hidden Darlinghurst French gem


My friend informed me that this is the original Sydney French bistro which opened in 1998, offering traditional French menu.

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Happy Hour Bar'


The unadorned facade with bright colourful hippy stickers masks a simple rustic interior. The overall feel is quite laid back with a hint of Parisan sophistication.

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The interior


We stepped in for breakfast and Sel et Poivre really do have all things French. This is the place where you can reminisce about that French bistro that you found tucked away in Paris last time you were there.

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'Vego' open omelette with spinach, potato, tomato & mixed herbs & Gruyere cheese $12.90


We wanted an extraordinary breakfast and this 'Vego' open omelette jumped out of the menu. When I placed my order, the waitstaff gave me a knowing wink for my excellent selection.

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Just a divine Gruyere cheese omelette


I must say the vegetarian omelette was probably the nicest I've ever had. It was full of flavour with the spinach, potato, tomato and mixed herbs fillings. It was generously topped with oozing melty Gruyere chese without being greasy. It was a deceptively filling dish.

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A drool-worthy dish


The portion was generous and priced reasonably at $12.90. It was an instant favorite of mine.

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Brioche French Toast with fresh strawberries and pure maple syrup $10.50


My friend got an incurable sweet tooth and a dessert-style breakfast was more in her league. She ordered a brioche French Toast ($10.50) and it was simply presented with fresh strawberries and we get to pour our own pure maple syrup.

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Generously pour your own maple syrup all over. Don't hold back!


We didn't hold back with the maple syrup because it was not sickening sweet. Consequently, the sugar-dusted French toast was liberally drenched in maple syrup. The light and airy brioche instantly became moist and it was a taste sensation. My friend was exceedingly pleased with it.



The cafe is cosy, charming with French music play in the background. Best of all the staff are French speaking and very plesant. This is the place you can enjoy a lovely authentic French breakfast experience for as little as $20.



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Why? For a traditional French cuisine
When: Open Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Phone: (02) 9361 6530
Where: 263 Victoria Street Darlinghurst 2010
Cost: $20 - $50
Your Comment
Tempting descriptions!
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1176 days ago
Yes, it is a wonderful place.
by Eatfoodandparty (score: 1|78) 1180 days ago
RE: Sel and Poivre

I would strongly recommend any meal at Sel and Poivre.
However, good to see they are open for Brunch, so will make my way there in the near future.

Thanks for the info WN.
by nicqu (score: 0|4) 1177 days ago
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