Small French Cafe, 157A Barkly Street, Footscray.
For a few years now, Stefan Armentano has been running Small French Bar on Barkly Street in Footscray, bringing a wonderful touch of all sorts of French food and wine to the already wondrously diverse Footscray table.
Now he’s spread his wings – but not very far.
His new cafe/sandwich shop is directly opposite his restaurant.
Fittingly, it’s called Small French Cafe.
Fittingly – but somewhat inaccurately.
Tiny French Cafe might have been more appropriate.
Inside, there’s room for some high stools, a coffee machine and a display cabinet – and that’s about it.
Outside are a couple of tables and chairs.
But who cares about the scale of enterprise?
Let’s feel the quality … which is very fine.
The substance of the blackboard menu is all about baguette sandwiches, the varied line-up of five all priced at $9.50.
I go for the saucisson with salami, cheese, cornichons and butter, while …
… Bennie opts for the canard with duck confit, greens, grain mustard and cornichons.
This is simple and tasty eating that is right up there with the many other cheap lunch options in this neighbourhood.
Best of all is the bread – oh my!
This not your usual crusty baguette.
Stefan tells me it’s what called “pain aux cereals“.
“It is a whole-grain bread, typically the first alternative choice instead of white bread in France for sandwiches,” he says.