TRY THIS: Le Passe Temps

A LITTLE piece of France has landed in the heart of Newcastle.
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The phrase ‘‘le passe temps’’ has two meanings – ‘‘to pass the time’’ and ‘‘times gone by’’, and that pretty much sums up what this place is all about.

With its selection of French and Hunter Valley wines, and a light menu offering cheese and charcuterie platters, as well as some French classics such as ‘‘boeuf bourguignon’’, Le Passe Temps is an utterly charming place to while away the time with friends. With its 1920s-era setting and decor, it also makes a nod to the past. The French staff add to the venue’s authenticity.

If you want to secure a spot at Le Passe Temps on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you’d best book ahead, as the increasingly popular space fills up quickly.

Cold plates: Charcuterie platter for two with French style salami, terrine, ‘‘viande de grison’’ – an air-dried meat, Serrano ham, cornichons, bread and tapenade, $26; tomato and mozzarella salad with pesto, $9; Gravalax salmon with dill, toast and salted whipped cream; cheese platter for two with three different cheeses, quince paste, dried fruit and bread, $26.

Hot plates: Boeuf bourguignon – beef cooked in red wine sauce, carrots, onions and potatoes, $14; filet mignon – pork fillet with cider, mushrooms and mashed potatoes, $13; fish fillet with leeks and lemon cream, $12; poached barramundi with citrus sauce and capsicums, $16.

Dessert: Chocolate tart, $6; caramelised banana crumble, $6; strawberry mille-feuilles with thick custard, $6; Toblerone creme brulee, $5; fruit salad with mint, $6.

Drinks: Le Passe Temps offers a lovely selection of French and Hunter Valley wines, along with aperitifs, digestifs, beers, liquors, spirits and cocktails. Wines by the glass start at $6.50. Soft drinks, mocktails and coffee are also available.

LE PASSE TEMPS

Address: 73-75 Bolton Street, Newcastle

Open: 11am to 10pm, Monday to Thursday; 11am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday; and 11am to 8pm Sunday.

Phone: 4910 4060

Website: le-passe-temps杭州夜生活m.au

Owned by: Serge Laugier

Head chef: Quentin Lorentz

Le Passe Temps in Bolton Street, Newcastle. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

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