Ever wondered what dining was really like in those glorified times of old? During the rule of Escoffier, the rise of modern haute cuisine, and the birth of the assumption that the French people are the global authority on eating? Well you can get pretty darn close to finding out in Balgowlah, not far from Manly Beach in north Sydney. At Chez Maurice et Linda on Sydney Road, the legacy established by decorated culinary master Maurice Magneron (L’Ancien Rustique, Ritz Hotel, Paris) over 30 years ago is continued by respected Sydney chef Michael Hong. The restaurant is constantly full ﹘ and things get particularly rowdy around Bastille Day ﹘ so bookings are essential if you want a true taste of exquisite classics, from sizzling snails to duck a l’orange, veal in red wine to a crunchy creme brûlée.
The food is excellent,fresh bright and well cooked the sauces and flavours match the food. A big plus is that you can BYO at 3.50 per head corkage. The venue represents fine dining at affordable prices in a suburban setting.
This is my number 1 favourite restaurant, the food is always excellent and the staff are really friendly, you feel welcome and special every time you visit.
Extremely professional service. Starters were excellent. Mains again terrific . Other benefit is BYO. Very busy so remember to book and avoid disappointment. Reasonable value as well
Another wonderful night at this neighbourhood gem. Served by a charming French backpacker. It’s very quiet mid-week, definitely the preferred time to dine.
We all had a wonderful night Tanya,and Michael who owned Restaurant is a fantastic cook out good was fabulous the three cause are such great value for money.The place was packed out for a Wednesday night every thing went like clock work .We try and go every few weeks please make early booking so your not disappointed as it's booked every night.10out of 10 from us .Thanks Michael for cooking beautiful French food ,We are just back from France now we can enjoy our love of French food .penny
We had a wonderful time. The waiter greeted us by name and our food was delivered very quickly and efficiently. The waiter was very helpful and joked with my son, which made his night. The food is just amazing. Very tasty French food. I recommend the lamb brains for starter, they are really yummy. The serving sizes are generous for the price of this 3 course meal. I recommend booking early. We arrived at 6.15 and this is the perfect time if you get hangry.
Cosy restaurant with a French ambience. Service from our French waiter was excellent, attentive and friendly. Food is very good. My favourite French restaurant . Always enjoy my visits to Chez Maurice et Linda. A little piece of France close to home.
Had a wonderful meal = service was excellent, timely served and delicious. Took my son and daughter for the first time - my son said, "That was the best steak I've had in years!". My daughter felt the creme brulee was the best she had ever had - including in Paris! Definitely my favourite restaurant in the Manly area! What a way to celebrate a birthday!! (They even put a candle on my profiteroles!)
Service was efficient and prompt. The Food was well presented. The menu is limited but that was well known to us before we decided to book. It is a set price for either 2 courses or 3. It’s BYO. The welcome was gruff and impersonal. Throughout the evening the virtual lack of any meaningful friendly personal contact did nothing to encourage us to revisit. We were there to be served and that’s it. We are not here to entertain you or help you enjoy the experience! By contrast, a young woman being taught the ways of the restaurant was friendly and she showed she had previous experience at waiting tables.
Have wanted to visit Chez Maurice and Linda for a long time and wasn't disappointed. The food was delicious and the waiter entertaining. Amongst us we had the snails, oysters, scallops and veal kidney as entree followed by lamb rack, beef Wellington, and various steak dishes. Everybody cleared their plates and only a few had room for dessert. I can't wait to visit again and continue working my way through the menu.