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La Grande Bouffe and Victoire, Rozelle

La Grande Bouffe used to be our local weekend brunch spot. ‘The Mother’ and I and three other friends used to live in Rozelle and it was one hell of a party house!

I was catching up with a dear friend, A and thought of this little cute French bistro which is situated on the corner of Darling and Denison Street in Rozelle. Chef Robert Hodgson is the man behind this cafe, trained in the UK and has worked at Merrony’s and the Boathouse and as Head Chef at Bayswater Brasserie. The café was relatively empty when we rocked up, but the place did fill up rather quickly by lunch time.

They serve breakfast until 11.30am, and A and I made sure we were there just in time for it. I couldn’t go pass the smoked salmon with potato cake, poached eggs and onion jam ($16.50) – the perfectly poached eggs which oozed with yolk, the sweet onion jam on top of the creamy, smooth potato cake which was then generously draped with smoked salmon. It was absolutely delicious!

A opted for the La Bouffe Big Breakfast – eggs, mushrooms, tomato, bacon, Toulouse sausage and potato rosti ($16). The potato rosti looked AMAZING and it certainly was – crusty on the outside, moist on the inside, it was excellent. It was a BIG breakfast and one that A thoroughly enjoyed.

The large coffee served in a bowl was BIG and excellent. It was definitely a great way to start the day.

Food was wonderful and service polite. I have truly missed this place, it brought back many memories of our lazy weekend brunches here.

I haven’t had dinner here for a while now, but I do remember that it was excellent. They have a dinner special from Tuesday to Saturday night (Friday and Saturday night, must arrive at 6.30pm and out by 8pm), 3 courses for $60 per person which is not too shabby at all.

Definitely keen to come back for dinner, however, will be back for brunch with the gang to reminisize about the past!

After brunch, A and I thought we would go to Victoire, formally at Balmain. I don’t come here very often, but when I do – I indulge! I love the scent of freshly baked pastries, tarts, cakes and breads – its just irresistible and every time I am in there, I can’ help but purchase something.

I bought an éclair for ‘The Mother’ – I know how much he LOVES eclairs, and a chocolate croissant for me. The éclair was just to die for! Filled with custard and topped with chocolate. I had a bite and that was all I was allowed *sigh*. ‘The Mother’ demolished this whilst drinking his tea and refused to give me another bite.

The chocolate croissant was fantastic – as good as those in Paris. It was crunchy on the outside but yet fluffy on the inside. It had the perfect amount of chocolate in it. I have had this when its warm and fresh from the oven, and it was just superb!

Thank goodness Victoire is not walking distant for me. I would be there every single morning for their fresh bread and croissants!

La Grande Bouffe

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

758 Darling Street

Rozelle, 2039

Ph: +61 2 9818 4333

La Grande Bouffe on Urbanspoon


660 Darling Street

Rozelle 2039

Ph: +61 2 9818 5529

Victoire on Urbanspoon

  1. March 10, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Wow, yummy choc croissant!

  2. March 10, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Gawd, I’ve just realised this is your ninth post this month, and we’re only ten days in! LOL. I wouldn’t do nine posts this month! Very impressed by your eating. 🙂

  3. March 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Hmm I think trip to Rozelle should be on my cards soon. Been a while since I’ve paid either of these places a visit. I really do love La Grand Bouffe and those pastries at Victoire are soooooo good.

    • March 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

      not sure if its a good thing that they are SOOOO close to each other!!! can’t go to one and not the other! i love Rozelle!!

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