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Posted July 26, 2011 by Jennifer Lam (Jenius) in Breakfast
 
 

La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle

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Over the last year, I have grown more and more in love with my new neighbourhood. A local café/restaurant that I particularly adore is La Grande Bouffe. It’s a small corner French eatery that serves up scrumptious breakfast, lunch and dinner. This blog post will attempt to cover all three!La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle -  breakfast - coffee and tea

Food at La Grande Bouffe is traditional French with a modern touch. Even the waiters and waitresses carry an alluring French accent.

Breakfast is served until 11:30am and features lots of delectable options including this croque madame with fried duck egg ($13). It is ham, cheese and duck egg on toasted brioche. Oh, this dish brings back so many tasty Paris memories!

La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle -  breakfast - croque madam

There’s also the smoked salmon with potato cake, poached eggs and onion jam ($16.50)…

La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle -  breakfast - smoked salmon

And what is a French breakfast without French toast? The French toast ($15) is served with pear, walnuts and maple syrup.

La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle -  breakfast - French toast

Or for mornings when you have a large appetite, the big breakfast ($16) will sure satisfy. There’s eggs, mushrooms, tomato, bacon, Toulouse sausage and a potato rosti.

La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle -  breakfast - big breakfast

I have the oeufs sur le plat with wilted spinach and truffled mushroom duxelles ($14.50). This smells incredible. I instantly poke the two egg yolks which burst all over the beautiful earthiness of the truffled mushrooms.

My only complaint is that we’re only given a quarter of a baguette. Some
of us have the top halves and others have the bottom. Thankfully I have
the fluffy, crusty top half. I’d feel so duped if I had the bottom half!
It’d almost be as bad as being serve just the bottom of a muffin.
Hehehe… Remember the Muffin Top episode of Seinfeld?

La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle -  breakfast - baked eggs

La Grande Bouffe also makes a great lunch meeting venue. On the lunch menu are lighter options such as salads and baguettes as well as heartier meals such as twice cooked pork belly with parsnip puree, lentils and peas or moules marinieres et frites (mussels and fries).

Pictured below is the duck confit baguette with cornichon ($12.50) and a side of pomme frites ($8). The duck confit is meltingly tender, rich and aromatic.

La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle -  lunch baguette and pomme frites

On another occasion, I’m too tired to cook dinner so we turn to this trusty French neighbour to feed us.

Escargot with garlic butter are served as complimentary appetisers.

I have the twice cooked beef cheeks, carrot puree, winter vegetables and cepes ($32). It is such a winter warmer. The beef cheeks have a crisp almost-crackling-like crust which breaks into succulent flakes of meat.

Sides are pomme frites ($8), yes, again, because I love my chips… And green beans with hazelnut vinaigrette ($8.50).

La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle - dinner - beef cheeks

For dessert, Zen has the rhubarb creme brulee ($14.50) and I have the sour cherry clafoutis with vanilla ice cream ($14.50). They’re both divine, but before we can even finish them, we’ve already begun plotting our revisit. La Grande Bouffe have a dinner special where they do 3 courses for $60. It’s available Tuesday to Saturday nights so watch this space. I’ll be back to report on it :)

La Grande Bouffe, Rozelle - dessert - cherry clafoutis


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La Grande Bouffe
758 Darling Street, Rozelle NSW
Phone: (02) 9818 4333
Web: www.lagrandebouffe.com.au

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Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.