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At Café Sauvage, French cuisine gets an international twist

Co-owner Anaïs Koula De Lambert said she wants guests to understand that "there is more to Parisian food than just escargot."

Café Sauvage owners
Anaïs Koula De Lambert, Antoine Lambert, and Kendall DaCosta. Provided

When Anaïs Koula De Lambert opens Café Sauvage in the Back Bay on Oct. 20, she wants to give diners a taste of Paris, her hometown.

Anaïs and her husband, Antoine Lambert, moved to Boston from France five years ago. Antoine, who co-owns Café Sauvage, cut his teeth at a handful of French restaurants around the city, including Frenchie, Colette, and Petit Robert Bistro, while Anaïs worked as a digital marketing manager.

“We decided to combine our expertise to [open] our own spot,” Anaïs said. “We really wanted a place that looked like us — we are French but also have this African heritage in Paris.”

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To that end, Café Sauvage will focus on French food with influences from Morocco, Vietnam, Italy, Tunisia, and elsewhere. From Oct. 20 to Oct. 24, the cafe will offer a pared-down menu featuring bánh mì, roasted chicken with jollof rice, French onion quiche, plantains, and croissants. Drink options include espresso, cold brew, drip coffee, teas, and more, with cocktails that will become available in the next few weeks. Kendall DaCosta, who was previously the executive chef at Bastille Kitchen, is the cafe’s head chef.

“We want our guests to understand that there is more to Parisian food than just escargot, but they can also find some standards and basics of the French cuisine,” Anaïs shared. “It’ll just be reimagined.”

The space is designed by STA Design, whose work includes other Back Bay restaurants like Krasi and Grand Tour, and Anaïs said it will look like a French bistro — “obviously it will be stylish.” Seating will be available for 38 guests inside, while an outdoor patio is still being considered.

Anaïs said she hopes Café Sauvage will showcase another side of France that people aren’t used to seeing, including more diversity.

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“We want people to feel welcome,” she said. “It’s like inviting people to our home. So we want them to have an amazing experience for sure.”

When it opens, Café Sauvage will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 25 Massachusetts Ave. Check out the opening menu below.

Café Sauvage menu
Café Sauvage menu. – Café Sauvage
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