Guillaume Brahimi may well be Australia's busiest man. Only months after taking over the dining room at Paddington's Four In Hand, Brahimi is back at it again, opening a bistro and his first-ever patisserie in Sydney's CBD.
As well as The Four in Hand, Brahimi currently runs his namesake restaurant Guillaume, also in Paddington. But this new CBD resto — which was announced towards the end of last year — steps away from fine dining, and is a new iteration of his flagship French bistro enterprise, Bistro Guillaume. His third bistro (the other two are located in Melbourne and Perth) sees him serve up a classic casual French menu with dishes like steak frites, roast chicken with Paris mash and twice-baked cheese souffle. There's also a dessert trolley, which is sure to bring a happiness tear to your eye.
Located in the Suncorp Building on George Street, the new 130-seat Bistro G continues the trend established by it's predecessors. The restaurants are known for their use of playful textures and pops of vibrant green to offset the old-world luxury oozing from every sconce, and interior designer Blainey North has incorporated brass features, wood panelling, banquettes, a chandelier and luxe high-backed blue leather chairs into the design of the new venue.
As well as the main dining room, there's also be a little 20-seat casual bar area for 'light French lunches' and evening drinks. There's also the aforementioned patisserie, which is attached to the restaurant for takeaway baked goods. Stop by for house-baked croissants (naturally), pastries, tarts, croque monsieurs and sammies made with Iggy's bread.
To start off with Bistro Guillaume will only be open for breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner on Saturday nights. Full dinner service will get underway in October. You'll just have to visit twice.
By Imogen Baker and Lauren Vadnjal.