Reymond family reveals launch date for third venue
Third-generation restaurateurs Nathalie, Edouard and Antoine Reymond (Bistro Gitan , L’Hotel Gitan) will open the doors to Frederic, an all-day European dining precinct, in early August in Melbourne’s Cremorne.
Composed of two adjacent venues — relaxed bar concept Fred’s Bar and refined restaurant offering Frederic — the venues will serve separate menus, each a collaboration between the Reymonds and the precinct’s head chef.
“We are excited to come to Cremorne with our third venue,” says Antoine Reymond. “It will be a different concept, incorporating what we have learnt over the years and developing something new and fresh for this thriving suburb. Bringing an all-day European dining experience, we’re excited to work with so many vibrant businesses and a number of new residential developments in the area.”
At Frederic, diners can anticipate a modern European culinary offering, with dishes from the Reymonds’ native France, along with neighbouring Spain and Italy. The menu will have a steak focus, complemented by an ever-changing menu of six seasonal specials.
At Fred’s Bar, morning coffees will be on offer alongside fresh pastries and a selection of European breakfast specials. An all-day menu of small plates will be served from 11am, including house-cured seafood, minute steaks, pasta and more.
Edouard Reymond and beverage manager Tim O’Donnell are collaborating on the contemporary wine list, which will feature European and Australian pours, along with a curated selection of bottled craft beers, and two available on tap.
Conceived by Melbourne design firm SJB Interiors, with whom the Reymonds’ collaborated on L’Hotel Gitan, the venues’ interiors will emulate French new-wave style, delivering pared-back elegance with geometry. Exposed concrete interior walls will be softened with elements such as rattan chairs and antique mirrors, while abundant lighting, warm timber joinery and maroon and pale green leather upholstery will lend an old-world glamour.