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French bistro says bonjour to Austin's hottest district

French bistro says bonjour to Austin's hottest district

Cheese board at Toulouse Cafe and Bar
More cheese and wine is never a bad idea. Toulouse Cafe and Bar/Facebook

The first Austin location of Toulouse Cafe and Bar has an official opening date: Monday, April 10. Though the Parisian-inspired eatery had originally planned to open at Domain Northside in February, we ended up having to wait a little longer for the French fare that's already being enjoyed in Dallas and Houston.

Dallas-based restaurant group Lombardi Family Concepts is behind the bistro, which will serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. French-born executive chef Yoann Lardeux will focus on classic French dishes such as beef bourguignon, crispy duck leg confit, frog legs Provençales, soufflés, and beignets. There's also a designated oyster bar serving up freshwater oysters.

Special brunch offerings include the Domain omelet, made with egg whites, gruyere cheese, spinach, and mushrooms; eggs Florentine, made with two poached eggs on a toasted English muffin with mixed greens, sliced tomato, lump crab meat, and béarnaise sauce; and orange French toast that's topped with sugar, berries, and mascarpone cheese.

The cocktail menu will mix new creations with classics: a sparkling French 77 offered alongside a Pink Elephant that's made with Campari and pampelmousse liqueur, for example.

Expect to see a heavily French wine list, with such impressive brands as Vueve Cliquot Brut NV, Miraval Rose, Langlois Chateau Sancerre, Chanson Bourgogne, Perrin Family Cotes du Rhone Village, and Les Cadrans de Lessegue competing for your palate. Wines will be available by the glass or bottle.