It sounds strange but yes, there is un tranche (a slice) of French paradise on Sandringham Road. And it is so oo-la-la chic, it’s enough to turn anyone into a Francophile. Better still, Petit Bocal (Little Jar) is opened seven days from 7am until 10pm, serving breakfast (croissants and crepes), lunch (salads, Croque Monsieurs and baguettes) and dinner (platters of terrines, cheeses and fruit).
The room is an oasis of calm, with muted timbers and delightful fresh flowers that adorn each table; there were soft green lisianthus and agapanthus when we visited.
The options on the extensive lunch menu seemed light; baguette sandwiches, salads or sourdough tartines (open-face sandwiches), but you needn’t worry; they all sounded delicious and just right for a midday meal. To make decision making even more difficult, the breakfast menu is also available at lunch.
I had the pork terrine salad ($17), which came with two slices of terrine nestled atop lightly seasoned greens, with crunchy green beans, cornichons and a hard-boiled egg. The terrine was studded with pistachios and was perfectly seasoned.
There is a range of sourdough tartines (open-faced sandwiches). Donald had the salmon ($17) which comes with a generous home cured salmon gravlax with dill mayonnaise, red onion and capers.
The fromage de cherve (goats cheese) salad ($15) comes with a warm goats cheese toastie atop a green salad with pear, toasted walnuts tossed in red wine vinaigrette.
Yvonne had the Petit Bocal smart interpretation of creamed mushroom on toast from the breakfast menu. Oyster and Portobello mushroom with fresh garden herbs and just a touch of cream ($14) on sourdough toast.
Jackie chose the breakfast bruschetta ($17) which came with diced tomato, avocado, red onion and basil with crispy bacon, poached eggs and citrus hollandaise on top the ubiquitous sourdough toast.
I’ve come back to enjoy some of the platters for dinner, and they were fresh tasting, perfectly balanced flavours and beautifully presented on slates. Delicious cheeses were complemented with the sweetest roast walnuts, pate, honeycomb, figs and served with warm baguette slices.
Petit Bocal is my kind of restaurant, simple and delicious food, in a beautiful relaxed setting. They don’t take bookings except for large groups.
177 Sandringham Road
Ph: 09 – 815 6992
Open 7 days, 7am – 10pm