37B Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill, NSW
02 9817 02 89
Enter Le Village in the historical village of Hunters Hill, and you enter another world. In fact, you would be forgiven for thinking you had been transported to France after inhaling the scents of freshly baked baguettes, croissants, and pain aux chocolate. Add that to the flurry of local conversation set amongst umbrellas and outdoor seating, and you are in for a village treat.
This is the third restaurant owned and operated by David and Meredith Poirier. They also own La Grande Bouffe, a successful French bistro in Rozelle, and Bistro Meme, another authentic French bistro in Gladesville. David and Meredith opened Le Village in 2013, and since then it has earned a reputation for serving delicious French cuisine baked daily with an Australian flair.
While the outdoor dining room is expansive, Le Village’s indoor dining room is much more intimate. It’s a great place to sit with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and watch the chefs at work behind the white marble counter. The white-tile floors continue the vintage look, and artworks adorn the white-tile walls. The dark wood tones of cabinets are offset with colourful rows of wine bottles, and a display case holds the day’s tarts, pastries, cakes, and breads.
Le Village aims to offer the casual atmosphere of Mediterranean dining at its best, and it holds several special events each month. For instance, it holds a monthly on Sunday pig-on-the-spit, during which it welcomes patrons to join in a classic community feast.
Harry Bourne heads the kitchen; in his cooking he uses herbs from the restaurant’s own vegetable garden and meats from a local butcher. French pastry lovers know what to expect for breakfast at Le Village, as the pastries are fresh, crunchy, and melt-in-your-mouth. For traditionalists, there’s freshly squeezed orange juice and a traditional smoked ham, and Swiss or goats cheese and herb omelette.
The lunch menu begins at noon each day, and it offers bistro classics, such carmelised red onion and goats cheese tarte tatin, and smoked haddock croquettes served with dill mayonnaise. Steamed mussels, grilled fillet steak with French fries, and organic black quinoa salad round out the menu, and wine, beer, and spirits are available. Kids’ menus are also served for lunch and dinner.
The dinner menu shares some of the same appetisers as the lunch but otherwise introduces a selection of seafood dishes and dishes centred on slow-cooked meats. The restaurant’s signature Charcuterie Plate – designed for two people – is a smorgasbord of house concoctions. It features warm and cold cut meats, house pickles, chicken liver parfait, and fresh bread. Additionally, twice baked Comte and Gruyere Souffle with creamed leeks is another stand out.
Le Village has meat lovers covered, and a feature on the menu is the Beef Cheek a la Bourguignone, with glazed pearl onion, pomme puree, mushroom and lardon. Additionally there is Pan fried fillet of salmon with surf clams, roast fennel & shellfish bisque on offer.
For dessert – as though the featured pastries are not enough – it serves popular dishes such as the Mi Cuit au Chocolat with candied walnut and vanilla ice cream, the Tarte Tatin du jour, or the Lemon Curd Cheesecake with pinenuts, strawberries and honeycomb. Inside, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.