The Macadames review of the Petit Feast being held Saturdays at Buvette Bistro in Hotel Realm.
Buvette Bistro, opening in November 2015, describes themselves as a bistro and wine bar serving seasonal menus showcasing the best of locally sourced produce. Their menu spans from shared plates, charcuterie & appetisers, grills, all day dining, decadent desserts.
Set inside Hotel Realm, Buvette doesn’t look like your average “hotel restaurant”. As interviewed by Her Canberra, the Executive Chef, Fabien Wagnon, born and raised in Northern France, aims to bring a piece of his mother country to Canberra. And that he did!
The interior is elegant and chic. White walls, wooden tables, Paris cafe chairs, beautiful cabinetry and brass tones throughout make the room feel like a fancy yet relaxed French brasserie. As is often not the case, the music was bang on. Upbeat guitar and percussion melodies set the perfect backdrop for the mood.
I attended to review their recently launched “Petit Feast” which is the venue’s take on the traditional high tea. I’m a fan of high tea (who isn’t!) but I do find they can sometimes be a touch stale, both on the service and presentation side, and the food isn’t always that good. I was pleasantly surprised Buvette hit the mark on all of these things, albeit the service on the slower side.
Buvette’s Petit Feast is designed to be devoured at brunch instead of the traditional afternoon tea time which I personally much prefer. For $65 you’ll be served a selection of savoury and sweet treats + a glass of rose on arrival. As well as the normal A La Carte menu, the Peitit Feast menu is available between 11:30am – 2:30pm every Saturday, it’s a very indulgent way to spend a Saturday indeed. Then the afternoon can be whittled away in Ostani next door or just sleeping it off on the lounge at home, your choice.
First up was a large savouries platter (for yourself!), a charcuterie board featuring a simply divine pate, meats and lavosh (to share) + a glass of rose (from Majura Vineyard). The servings aren’t stingy and the quality is excellent. My particular favourites were the mini beef pie, the oyster (how decadent!) and the quiche.
After you’ve got through that, you’ll be brought a generous platter bursting with delicate desserts. There were brownies, lemon meringue tarts, TIRAMISU, friends, macarons, profiteroles + more. Honestly we couldn’t get through it, but we gave it a good shot.
And did I mention the bottomless mimosas for $15? Or if you want something a bit stronger, I also tried their house made Bloody Mary, which was perfectly made, delightfully spicy and beautifully presented to boot. Make sure you ask that Tommy makes it, it’s his flagship drink! And tell him I sent you 🙂
Have I sold you yet? It really was a great brunch experience and would be perfect for the start of bachelorette parties, baby showers or just a casual catch up with your girls (boys welcome too of course!)
Address: 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT
Open: (02) 6163 1818
Phone: Breakfast – Mon-Sun — 6:30am–10:30am, Lunch – Tue-Fri — 12:00pm–3:00pm, All Day – Tue-Fri — 11:00am–6:00pm, Dinner – Tue-Sat — 6:00pm–10:30pm.
Don’t forget to hashtag #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, I love to see you exploring Canberra.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx
*I visited Buvette Bistro as a guest but all opinions are my own.