The Age recently ran a story about the rise of the gourmet sandwich and one of the places which was omitted from the article was Le Cellier.

This cosy nook is an outpost of the slice-of-Paris restaurant next door, Madame Sousou. It shares the same provincial French outlook – cane chairs, gleaming copper features and Edith Piaf warbling in the background, while specialising in easy lunch food – sandwiches, salads, pies and little pastries.

For $13.50 you can sample their takeaway lunch box, a little French bento box if you will. It comes with your choice of one of the pre-made sandwiches, salads and a friand or canale to finish. The day I visited I couldn’t go past the chicken waldorf salad sandwich, a lovely creamy filling with the pop of walnuts nestled along a properly chewy French baguette. My choices of shredded carrot salad and de Puy lentil salad were fresh and vibrant in colour and flavour. Finally, the daily friand was lemon financier piped with a neat stripe of tangy lemon curd, just a couple of mouthfuls of sweetness to round out my meal.

My lunch was simple, tasty and delightfully packaged. Bon appetit indeed.

    Le Cellier, Shop 2, 231 Brunswick St, Fitzroy +61 3 9417 0400

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