Along Darlinghurst's Victoria Street, an opportunity beckons to enjoy brunch at Sydney's original French Bistro. Cafe Sel et Poivre has been around since 1998, and if you want a desirable spot outside, you should book ahead. A great chance to enjoy brunch paradise with a group of three of your besties. Or dine inside alone or as a couple. This restaurant lives on in Daniel Perchey's honour. Sadly this Darlinghurst favourite passed away in 2008, yet his legendary French cuisine lives on.
You don't need to be French to enjoy some time out here. Any European nationality will do, however in saying this, if you love fine food and old school laid back service, then you're home and hosed at this establishment. The decor comprises of traditional French with chic decor. If you want to get the latest wrap on the gigs happening in the inner city area, Cafe Sel et Poivre has that covered too. Laid back and cosmopolitan. The brown seats inside (the main restaurant is at the back) remind you of those old, squeaky train seats. The seating only squeaks for a few seconds, and then you will forget that the squeakiness even happened.
Now to the fun stuff, brunch. The staff asked me if I was in need of a caffeine hit on yet another leisurely Sunday. Alas, I politely declined. The jug of water that was automatically handed to me was just right.
Content struck with the Sel et Poivre brioche French Toast, with fresh strawberries and maple syrup ($9.50). It just filled the spot for a morning tea delight. The dish was simply presented, and beautifully at that. It was great to have been given the choice to pour your own maple syrup. The brioche became moist and utterly divine. The smooth texture meant that only small chunks were enjoyed at a time, and the toast really blended in beautifully with the maple syrup. The two combinations married up nicely together - even though maple syrup is part of the sugar family, the strawberries were the sweetest food item on this dish.
Images of Strawberry Shortcake (as a child, don't know why) started to strike. The strawberries had a powerful, sweet taste that overpowered the brioche somewhat. If given the choice between two slices of brioche French toast with maple syrup, or one piece with strawberries on top, it's a no brainer on which choice you opt for. No tug-o-war or coin flipping activities going on here. Thank goodness for the clear stuff to drink.