Cafe by day, French restaurant by night
Cafe´ Brie has ‘‘steaked’’ a claim.
It’s a thriving cafe´ during the day but a French inspired restaurant at night where beef is one of the specialties of the house.
Michelle and Robert Huzziff have owned Cafe´ Brie at 218 Broadway Avenue for seven years and quietly transformed it into a distinctive day and night time brasserie.
Michelle has been in hospitality for 20 years and, for some time, was keen to purchase her own business. When Cafe´ Brie became available, she bought it and set out to introduce her own tastes and standards.
By offering a breakfast and lunch menu of cooked and cabinet food, prepared on site, she retained the cafe regulars and attracted new clients. Well positioned in Broadway, Cafe´ Brie is the local for those working in the vicinity, people doing business and others who find the parking easy and the cafe´ inviting.
More recently Michelle has introduced healthy options such as a lemon and herb chicken quinoa salad and Thai beef salad as well as offering gluten free food and enticing blackboard specials.
This has led to Cafe´ Brie being a 2015 winner of the Certificate of Excellence, awarded by TripAdvisor, following positive reviews by customers.
‘‘It reflects the quality of our food and the hospitality provided by trained and skilled staff,’’ Michelle says. ‘‘Over seven years we’ve emphasised customer service, fresh and tasty dishes and a welcome for all our clientele.’’
She’s delighted with her support team which includes front of house, Becky King, daytime chefs Anna Kirkland and Brooke Clark and, this week, Michelle welcomes back Shane Wilkinson, as evening chef.
The idea to extend Cafe´ Brie into an evening restaurant came about three years ago.
‘‘We challenged ourselves to do more and wanted to provide our regulars with a restaurant to come to if they wished to eat out,’’ Michelle says. ‘‘We’ve been gratified that many have responded and, through word of mouth, we’ve welcomed a new clientele as well.’’
The French inspired menu includes such dishes as Fillet de Boeuf, which is a fillet of beef with potato galette and a red wine sauce. Another option is Poisson du jour which is fish served with a prawn, pea and lemon risotto.
Michelle emphasises that there are no hidden costs with her meals. The price of a main course includes the vegetables or salads and her cafe´’s French trimmings.
Cafe´ Brie is a BYO and licenced restaurant and its wine list includes champagne for that special occasion plus a range of French reds and whites.
With Christmas approaching Cafe´ Brie is the ideal venue for an end of year work function or family or business party. Michelle will offer a special set menu and invites people to contact her.
As a cafe´ by day and a restaurant at night, she suggests you ‘‘steak’’ your claim for what it has to offer.
They’re a happy team at Cafe Brie, from left, Brooke Clarke, Becky King, Michelle Huzziff and Anna Kirkland.