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Thursday 2 June 2022

A taste of France to arrive in Sydney CBD

The hospitality industry revival continues with the opening of Manon, a European brasserie from Sydney hospitality veterans Marco Ambrosino and Manny Spinola, in Sydney's Queen Victoria Building on June 10.

Occupying the former Jet Cafe site, Manon's menus will echo classic French brasseries and be overseen by French-born head chef Thomas Boisselier. 

The opening of Manon follows the team's successful launch of Lola’s in Bondi in 2021.


Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Manon will also offer a late-night supper service on Fridays and Saturdays, with coffee and takeaway viennoiseries (pastries) and pain baguette (paninis) available from 6am. 

The venue will accommodate 60 inside and 80 outside.


Co-owner Spinola said: “I have walked past the site for 24 years, dreaming of opening a grand cafe, which is why I am so thrilled to be in partnership with Marco to bring a French brasserie to the QVB.

"Manon will be a place to sit and people watch while enjoying French cuisine, giving customers a taste of the European lifestyle, whether it’s at breakfast before work, a long lunch or an ambient dinner.”

No idea what an ambient dinner is, but I'm just reporting the quote. 


Head chef Boisselier brings over a decade of experience, having spent the last two years working in Lyon, most recently as deputy head chef at three-Michelin starred restaurant at the Hotel & Spa du Castellet.


The breakfast menu includes: egg meurette; crab on toast; pain perdu; and croque madame.

Lunch and dinner choices includes raw bar with oysters shucked to order and a caviar offering, along with saucisson brioche; bone marrow tartine; and steak frites. 

The dinner menu further builds on the lunch menu with evening-only dishes such as crab bisque souffle, beef Wellington, canard a l’orange and a whole sole meunière.

The dessert menu features French classics including vanilla souffle and ile flottante.

The Manon wine list - initially crafted by now-departed sommelier Harry Hunter - spans 400 bottles, predominantly from France, with Gosset Champagne by the glass.


Manon Brasserie, Queen Victoria Building, 55/455 George St, Sydney CBD. 

Phone: (02) 9051 2008

Images: Nikki To 

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