Award-winning hospitality group Made in the Shade are set to open Bar Margaux a New York influenced French brasserie. Due to open on June 25th, the duo behind the new venue is Michael Madrusan and his wife Zara. The hospitality group also have Heartbreaker, Connie’s Pizza and The Everleigh in their portfolio of venues.
Deanie Madrusan of BAR Studio is responsible for the stunning interior design that represents everything you would find in the Parisian style brasseries of New York. Details include classic chequered black and white tiled flooring, an all zinc bar top, luxurious red leather banquettes and custom pendants and sconces inspired by Cafe St Regis in Paris.
On the menu, you will find French bistro classics. Dishes on the opening include; duck frites, escargots de Bourgogne, moules Basquaise and signature ‘MGX’ cheeseburger. The venue has a late night licence and will offer supper to the early house of the morning, which includes French onion soup, steak frites, the ‘MGX’ burger and a croque monsieur.
“Margaux is a bar, first and foremost. That’s what we do.” Michael said. “A bar with great food and wine. The stuff that we love to eat and drink. There’ll be Guinness on tap. Why? Because we love Guinness. We create places we want to be in. Heartbreaker was absolutely where we wanted to be four years ago. There’s nowhere like Margaux in Melbourne. It’s high time she introduced herself.”
The beverage menu is as sophisticated at the food menu and is designed into three categories – light aperitif, serious styles and digestif. Including French and Italian spritzs, the Black Velvet (Guinness and Champagne), the Cafe Royale (coffee, Cognac and cream served hot), plus half-size Martinis and Manhattans. The wine list is approachable and offers something for everything, along with a Champagne menu featuring small boutique growers to the classic producers Billecart-Salmon and Krug.
“If we’ve learned anything from our projects to date, it’s that the experience comes first. Quality doesn’t have to equal special occasion. We want to make it easy to enjoy great food and have a damn good time doing it. Margaux is the kind of place you swing in for a drink, end up meeting a bunch of friends for dinner and don’t leave until way past curfew,” Zara said.
111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD
Sunday to Thursday from 4pm – 3am
Friday and Saturday from 4pm – 5am