Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar is a bright and airy French restaurant located inside Hotel Realm in Barton, and their new Petit Feast is definitely a feast, but in no way petite. However, after thinking about it some more, I’ve come to the realisation that perhaps ‘petit’ refers to the bite-sized nature of the food. A feast that’s designed to share with all these little morsels of heaven that are just screaming at you to try them.
Let’s start at the beginning, with a glass of rosé, some bread and an oyster each. Innocent enough until out comes a board with all manner of savoury goodies – cheeses, olives, cured meats, pâté, sandwiches, quiches, a little meat pie.
Matt was pretty happy that he had all the meats to himself and if I can use his exact words for a minute, ‘everything was just delicious’. While Matt was getting his meat on and trying duck liver parfait for the first time, I was pretty content devouring all the olives and cheese.
We got the chance to have a good chat with the maitre d’. She excitedly explained to us that the manchego cheese had come from Spain, her home country. The brie, of course, was direct from France.
When she brings out our dessert platter she tells us there’s no rules when it comes to the Petit Feast. You can start with savoury, move on to sweet and then go back to savoury if you want. It’s all about taking your time, savouring the afternoon and trying this cheese with that pickle before nibbling on one of the indulgent cakes.
The desserts are definitely worth leaving room for and you’ll have to be deliberate about it. When there’s seven different sweets to try, the old ‘there’s always room for dessert’ line just won’t cut it. My pick of the bunch was the tiramisu, but the nutella macaron came a pretty close second. Matt was clearly into chocolate that day, his favourites were the chocolate brownie and the salted caramel chocolate tartlet – rich, decadent and oh so good.
In the meantime, we’d moved on from rosè to bottomless mimosas. Yes, bottomless – as in, never ending, as in, finish your glass and they’ll come and fill it up again. It’s a phenomenon I hadn’t experienced since my time in New York and, boy, am I glad I’ve finally found it in Canberra.
In fact, I’m pretty happy about the existence of the Petit Feast in general. Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar only opened up at the end of last year and have absolutely nailed the French bistro vibe, from the Parisian cafe style chairs right down to the choice of music. The Petit Feast is their latest offering, available on Saturdays between 11.30am and 2.30pm. It’s $65 and includes a glass of rosé. You could even make like us and add bottomless mimosas for $15. I’d also suggest you leave enough time to have a nap afterwards. Trust me, you’ll need it.
– Bec x
Note: Matt and I enjoyed the Petit Feast as guests of Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, but, as always, all opinions are my own. Unless their Matt’s, and, in that case, I’ve probably stolen them.