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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Le Monde, Surry Hills


Deciding what to eat is never an easy task in my book. I always end up loitering over the menu, scrutinising each option with considered thoughtfulness, hoping against hope to find the perfect meal.

There is much to deliberate over at Le Monde, a hip and light-filled Surry Hills cafe where patrons dine with oversized sunglasses and the barista's arm is covered in tattoos.

I love the menu boards for a start, the thin plywood scorched with the Le Monde logo and what looks like a coffee cup stain. I'm a sucker for tactile surfaces, and I can't help but run my fingers along the recessed sections of the menu board.

Flat white $3.50
House blend roasted by 5 Senses Coffee

We place our orders for coffee and sandwiches, a decision pained by temptations of confit pork ($15), anchovy linguine ($13), lamb shank pie ($13) and potato and chorizo salad($13).

I'm glad the decision-making is over, until the waitress writes down my order and asks "What type of bread would you like? Michette, sourdough or ciabatta?"

Argh. This is not a decision to be taken lightly. I like all of these! My brain whirs furiously, weighing each one up with consideration.

I opt for michette, and sigh with relief. Talk about a curveball! I sit back in my chair, ready to relax...

"Would you like it toasted or fresh?"


Le Monde Club Sandwich $14

Does this make me a food tragic? Presumably so!

Before we've even finished our coffees, our lunch arrives. I'd ordered the Le Monde Club Sandwich - on michette bread and fresh - although I think toasted is better suited as it starts to get soggy half-way through.

The Club Sandwich is a tower of grilled chicken, bacon, rocket, vine-ripened tomato and topped with a splay of avocado slices. A slather of garlic aioli adds a rich creaminess.

Zucchini and haloumi sandwich $12

I swap half my sandwich with Mr Manchego, and after one bite, I realise he's worse off for the deal. The zucchini and haloumi sandwich is divine - a summery combination of pan-fried haloumi, sweet char-grilled zucchini strips, fresh spinach leaves and juicy vine-ripened tomatoes. A layer of Spanish onion jam is the highlight, deliciously caramelised and sticky.

Lunch at Le Monde? Best decision all day.

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Le Monde
83 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 3568

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 6.30am-4pm
Saturday 7am-2pm

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 10/17/2010 02:32:00 am


  • At 10/17/2010 11:12 am, Anonymous Hannah said…

    I, too, often suffer nervous anxiety attacks in the face of delicious menu options, but I would've had no such problem this time. Anchovy linguine all the way! :D

  • At 10/17/2010 11:36 am, Blogger Sara @ Belly Rumbles said…

    Dining companions and many a waitperson have I sent insane with my lengthy decision making when dining out. I am hopeless!!

    The zucchini and haloumi sandwich does look divine indeed.

  • At 10/17/2010 10:09 pm, Anonymous Jess said…

    I love haloumi. I can imagine how its saltiness would work really with the zucchini! I don't think I could easily decide which bread to choose either.

  • At 10/17/2010 11:05 pm, Blogger Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) said…

    Zucchini and haloumi are such a good combination of sweet with salty. Also helps that eating it always makes me think of spring.

  • At 10/17/2010 11:20 pm, Blogger Jen said…

    I've heard about Le Monde, their sandwiches look fantastic! The sweet onion jam would be delish with the saltiness of the haloumi.

  • At 10/18/2010 10:51 am, Blogger Anna said…

    Looks great, the zucchini and haloumi sandwich sounds particularly good.

    I can totally empathise with your decision making difficulty when it comes to dining. I take FOREVER!

  • At 10/18/2010 4:41 pm, Anonymous Susan said…

    Those combination of sandwiches sounds great! I love club sandwiches.

    I used to walk past that place all the time, although i think it was called something different about 6 years ago.

  • At 10/20/2010 12:33 am, Anonymous Sam I Am said…

    I never know what to order either. Takes me ages! Haven't been here before but I'm curious to check it out.


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