The team behind beloved Bardon bistro La Belle Vie is flipping the script on French cuisine with its new concept DUCKFAT – a sleek and contemporary eatery and bar now open in Newstead. Owners Simon Lambert and Behrooz Farahnakian have taken over the former Salt Meats Cheese space at Haven Newstead for the project, giving the site a punchy aesthetic that contours its industrial fixtures with bright-pink accents. The duo is looking to change perceptions of French fare (commonly associated with white tablecloths, silver service and expensive prices) by offering a menu that they describe as “casual and a little bit more modern.” We’re talking share plates like tartare, salmon gravlax and big composed salads, as well as French-style pizzas. Fans of a classic French feed will be able to select from a small range of plates, including escargot, foie gras and steak frites. On the drinks front, DUCKFAT’s beverage program includes unique cocktails, tap beers and a wine list loaded with natural and biodynamic options.


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