Sydney's Mere Catherine restaurant passes after 45 years of service

Mere Catherine in Potts Point. Image source: Google street view

Potts Point mainstay Mere Catherine has permanently closed after 45 years of service.

The tiny 18-seat French restaurant was opened in 1974 by a French couple, who sold it to chef Gerard Humair and wife Nanette in 1984, who kept it til the end. 

The menu, written on a whiteboard daily, sported typical French bistro dishes like housemate pate, roasted quail with Armagnac, escargot, and its famed onion soup, into which egg yolk and brandy were whisked at the table. 

2019 has so far seen the passing of many hatted Sydney restaurants, new and old. Two latest were both in Potts Point – Kylie Kwong's Billy Kwong shut on June 30 after 20 years, and nearby Paper Bird announced its closure just one week prior.

Mere Catherine is the longest-running victim of the changing times. Consistent in food, service and atmosphere for almost half a century, it’s hard to know if many more will stand as long. 

As reported by Fairfax, word of its closure was seen on a sign hung on the front door that reads: "MC 1974-2019. End of an era. Au Revoir."