So I was Stellies (you said it was fine if I called it that) the other day doing some work with The Pom. When we were done I was pretty hot - it was 33 degrees that day - and generally a bit pissed off so we thought we would ease into a lunch to calm down. We walked past a place called Cafe Dijon which I remembered a reader recommending. I think his name was Michael. Well, Michael...bravo. You did well. I think I'll call you Mikey from now on. Or M-Tits. Annnnnyway, let's see what all the fuss was about.
As the brighter of you might have already guessed Cafe Dijon is French. I've never been to France but I've eaten French toast and... well...that's basically the same thing. Seriously though, this place is exactly what I would imagine little bistro on a Paris street to look like: leather banquettes, marble-topped bar, black and white vintage prints, a checked mosaic floor, dark wood, chalkboards etc. We sat outside on the pavement which added to the European vibe.
The menu itself celebrates authentic French dishes with things like Sole Meuniere, Coq au Vin and Blanquette de Veau. But the important thing is they do it in a chilled, unpretentious way. We were there for a light unch so I went with the salad of the day which was seared tuna, butter-beans and green beans. It was perfection. Simple, fresh and prepared exactly the way I wanted it. The Pom ordered a baguette stuffed with brie and caramelised onions, which also looked amazing.
Service, you ask? Well...our waiter was surprisingly good for a stoner. The guy definitely knew his food and had just the right amount of personality. I was impressed.
I'm happy with this one guys. Another one to add to Nook in terms of places to eat when in the area. I would have enjoyed a dinner there with a few bottles of wine. Aaah well, next time.
Find them at 35 Plein Street, or call them on (021) 886-7023.