Rebecca Varidel
29th Mar 2015
$5.50 - $9.90

Tartine is the new Mascot café - from (ex) Public Dining Room head chef Anthony Telford - where rescued and repurposed furniture rules and every all day breakfast dish is under ten bucks. Alongside him partner Amy Kirchhoff is front of house and has much of the hand in the way the incredible café aesthetic has pulled together; talented Amy once ran a bakery, and a butchers, and designs and builds furniture as well.

Tartine is also a fancy French open-faced sandwich as well as a fresh approach to this Mascot café.

The fresh approach starts with the menu, which is divided into earlier and later. Earlier there are wonderful Tartine soldiers, coddle eggs ($7.50) - a little under soft boiled, perfect and as they should be with the white soft and gooey and only just changing from transluscent. Coddled eggs also come with shaved leg ham, Dijon mustard, ricotta and sourdough. Or for those that have to have their breakfast fix, there's Vegemite - served at Tartine with feta, avocado and sourdough. The sourdough and other breads as well as the cakes come from nearby artisan, Brasserie Bread - and the choice of beautiful produce doesn't stop with the bread. In all there are eight choices in the earlier part of the menu.

Later brings more choices, and you guessed it, the tartines: double smoked leg ham, provolone, chives, sourdough; ricotta, fig, prosciutto, sourdough; heirloom tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil, soy & linseed; smoked salmon, crème fraiche, bronze fennel, pickled cucumber, rye; chicken, mayonnaise, fennel pollen, fat rocket, sourdough; French onion, shredded beef, crispy onion, gruyere, chives, rye; pulled pork coleslaw, parsley, chives, sourdough - all $9.90 each.

For those that need to eat a filling in two slices, the same toppings - and more - come jaffled. And they are also all under ten bucks each.

Although Tartine starts with its food - there is so much more that makes Tartine the definition of a contemporary café. Grinder's Single Origin Ethopian Yirgacheffe heads the beverage list: a flavourful bean with subtle tones of tangerine and citrus, which was awarded Champion Espresso at the 2015 Royal Agricultural Show - it can be enjoyed as espresso, long black or cold drip. There's sustainable in-house carafes of filtered and sparkling water - no more bottles and water miles, fresh orange juice and Temple Teas.

And if you didn't already know that Tartine is a French noun, listen up... Anna Karina Ne Dis Rien, Michele Torr C'est Dur D'avoir and Brigitte Bardott Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas - '60s French pop music gives Mascot a mellow mood.

Although it seems so many joints just think that coffee and plates of food are all that is needed, there is so much more to a good café, a hangout, a place to gather with friends. In the daytime we want atmosphere, energy, vibe. And here it is at Tartine. Secluded from busy Gardeners Road by a hedge, the new building that houses the café is given new life through rescued and repurposed furniture of mismatched and vintage tables and chairs, vintage ceramics and glass, fabulous vintage framing collectables and free plants from Marrickville Pay It Forward. Following on with that community spirit, Pay It Forward supporters have turned up at the café with other decorative contributions - a '70s whisky set it one.

Opening at first as a daytime café, the good news is that Tartine will be getting a liquor license and with it, Telford plans to extend with a half dozen or so glasses of red and white wine, and a couple of beers in the early evening to go with those easy eating nibbles that the French do so well.

And there's more good news. There's plenty of parking on the café grounds, and even more across the road at Bunnings.

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635 Gardiners Road
+61 2 9700 9847

Mon – Sun 8am – 4pm