Owned by award-winning hospo veteran Jules Bouillon (NOLA, Love Fish and Mr. Wong), the 50-seat Pistou draws inspiration from France and the Mediterranean. The all-day Newtown eatery takes the deli counter concept and adds in a dine-in aspect, with a large share table at the centre of the space. But, the best seats in the house look out through the floor-to-ceiling front window and onto bustling King Street.
In the kitchen, former Glorietta head chef Katie Morris is serving up a weekly changing selection of seasonal share plates, cheese and charcuterie. Expect the likes of olive fougasse with smoked tomato butter ($11), pickled octopus with pistou (a Provençal pesto-like sauce made from garlic, basil and olive oil) and borlotti beans ($25), salmon gravlax with cured cucumber ($23) and burrata with anchovies and vine leaves ($20).
Then there's the huge selection of cheese and charcuterie, currently spanning 12 of each. You can settle in with 18-month-old jamón ($15) and wagyu bresaola ($17), enjoy a plate of burrata ($10) and decadent Cremeux de Bourgogne ($16) or skip the decision making and go for a cheese ($28/53) or charcuterie ($28/53) plate.
On the drinks side of things, Tilly Sawrey (Buffalo Dining Club) has created a succinct wine list that focuses on minimal-intervention wines and includes a mix of Australian and international labels. Elsewhere behind the bar, an ever-rotating list of just three cocktails — an offering that changes almost daily — features options like the Short and Strong (gin, peach liqueur and bitters), the Tall and Refreshing (a choice of spirit with freshly squeezed juice) and a St Germain spritz.
Whether you stop by for takeaway, wine and nibbles or weekend brunch, it's walk-in only for small groups and bookings for groups of six and more — so round up some friends or be prepared for a wait.
Images: Cassandra Hannagan