Images by Josie Withers
La Buvette has welcomed a breakfast, lunch and coffee offering in the form of new café, Matinal.
Sharing a space with La Buvette, Matinal will bring ‘Boulangerie’ from 7am.
Think croissants, pain au chocolate, house made cakes, tarts, and mini quiche, as well as a simple classic French breakfast of baguette, beurre, and confiture, which translates to “baguette with butter and jam.”
Matinal will meld seamlessly with La Buvette, and is seen by owners Dom and Hayley Lentz as a natural progression.
“Matinal means something that takes place in the morning and made a lot of sense to use this name when we decided to add in the early morning and lunch hours to La Buvette’s existing trade,” says Hayley.
“In France, the bar/bistrot is often an all-day thing, and we have images in our minds of regulars spilling out onto the street, with their coffee on their way to the office.”
Matinal will see a French bistro style menu, with breakfast and lunch available, before night falls and the venue becomes La Buvette again.
“To start with, breakfasts will include Eggs Piperade, our take on a classic Basque recipe with anchovy scrambled eggs, Pine Mushrooms with cavolo nero and chèvre curd, and a house made granola,” says Hayley.
Hayley goes on to describe the lunch selection, naming French onion soup, Parisienne gnocci, and lamb ragout.
She assures essential classics such as garlicy escargots, croque monsieur and charcuterie and French cheeses will remain.
With South Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions still in place but beginning to lift, and Matinal only having recently launched, Hayley comments it almost feels like starting all over again.
“We have a lot happening, but it’s all exciting and we can’t wait to see how it all grows,” she says.
You can find Matinal and La Buvette at 27 Gresham St.
Current trading hours (set to expand as the team grows and restrictions ease):
Matinal: Mon – Friday 7 – 4 (breakfast from 8, lunch from 12), Saturday 11 – 4
La Buvette: Tue to Thurs 4 – 8, Friday 4 – late, Saturday 4 – late