For six years co-owners Anthony Svilicich and Renee Byrne have been proud to lead a dedicated team at Le Monde Café in Surry Hills and as
this foodie suburb continues to grow from strength to strength, so too does the café.
At the forefront of Le Monde’s development is the addition of chef Chris Merrick to the team. Renowned for his work as sous chef at one hat restaurant, Oscillate Wildly, where he worked alongside Daniel Puskas, Chris is hitting the ground running in his new position at Le Monde. His menu and the seasonal daily specials are proof of his passion, skill and ability to produce fresh, flavoursome dishes at café prices.
But the passion doesn't end there, the team pride themselves on their ability to provide customers with local produce and fresh goods baked in-house. This culminates in a seasonal menu where customers can find something sweet, savoury or sinful for any part of the day. In May 2010 Le Monde introduced a new Breakfast Tasting Menu which showcased Chris’s specialty through a café-style degustation including matching coffee from their award-winning baristas. Le Monde retired the breakfast degustation after 8 months of great success and acclaim, to concentrate on thinking up innovative new menu items for the daily breakfast specials.
2010 was a year of achievements and accolades with Le Monde's debut inclusion in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2011 and an award for being Sydney's Favourite Café, as well as a 5 bean rating and Best Breakfast Award in the Sydney Coffee Guide 2011. The pattern has continued into 2011 with the recent Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide 2011 awarding Le Monde a 3 Cup Rating as well as the 'Best Food Cafe' Award.
Providing customers with a range of opportunities for each coffee they order is a specific aspect of Le Monde’s café culture. The Barista team use their own exclusive blend of coffee roasted by 5 Senses coffee as well as offering regularly rotating Origins. Using only the best espresso machines, Synesso, as well as the recently acquired 'Clover' from the US - an innovative filter coffee machine which showcases Le Monde's willingness to push the boundaries in offering new brewing techniques.
The quality of Le Monde's barista team was recognized at the 2010 NSW Barista Championships where two of it's members placed 1st in the Cupping and 2nd in the Barista Championship.
It’s this passion for the industry that lies at the heart of Le Monde. The team’s genuine hospitality means every name, need and order is remembered and retained for future visits and customers are quick to become recognized as regulars. It’s this involvement that has seen their café become a respected fixture in the Surry Hills community.
Press Release, November 2010