With all the de rigueur trappings of a quintessential Parisian café, Petit Bocal is a welcome addition to Sandringham.
Walking into the recently opened café Petite Bocal is a breath of fresh air. The walls and floors are painted in a crisp white, there are fresh flowers on every table and black and white Parisian style prints adorn the walls. Location wise it’s winning too, catching every last bit of the morning sun. For owners Jess Brewer and Frenchman Mattieu Gosset, the project has been a labour of love. Well versed in the art of French cuisine, the duo also run the three La Boulange stores in Auckland and were spurred on to open an all day eatery.
Designing the interior themselves, the space is reminiscent of a relaxed Parisian street-side café, with bare wooden tables, a long communal space and light bulbs encased in jam jars that hang from the ceiling.
Serving up classic café fare with an irresistible French twist, the menu is impressive. The portobello and oyster mushrooms on toast wooed us with its creamy herb sauce and the sourdough tartine with prosciutto, sun-dried tomato, bocconccini cheese and basil pesto is a suitably hearty lunch option that’s full of flavour. Another noteworthy menu offering was JP’s marinated sardines, served with a perfectly soft boiled egg and crispy French baguette soldiers. According to Mattieu, it’s his father’s all-time favourite breakfast, and it was without question that it be included on the menu.
The café is open during the evening too, with a selection of shared plates, including classic French nibbles such as the ‘Pigs and Pickles’ plate, with pork terrine and pork rillettes, served with pickled onions and cornichons, or the ‘Axe’ with warm goat’s cheese, honeycomb, figs and walnuts.
A wonderfully chic addition to the neighbourhood, Petit Bocal is destined to become the go-to brunch spot for the Auckland set and will likely become a popular place to meet after dark too.
Open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am until 10pm.
177 Sandringham Road
(09) 815 6992