Giselle and Christophe Massieu of Au Cirque.
Giselle and Christophe Massieu of Au Cirque.

Natascha Mirosch

New Farm's Au Cirque has been pretty much a permanent fixture on Brisbane's top breakfast lists for years (as the weekend queues testify) and now owners Giselle and Christophe Massieu are looking to do the same with a night-time crowd. The cafe will extend its hours and open for dinner on Thursday and Friday nights.

"It's something we've been talking about for a long time," Giselle Massieu says  "and we decided the time was right to try something new - to introduce new energy into the cafe and keep it fresh".

The Brunswick Street cafe will morph into a "relaxed bistro" at night, Massieu says, with a "bistro bites" menu ranging from small snacks to larger plates, priced from $6 to $22.

The "bistro bites" will be supplemented by three main specials changing weekly, like steak frites with Cafe de Paris butter, tuna nicoise, or gruyère cheese soufflé with cauliflower purée.

Desserts may include a blood orange tart with gin and tonic sorbet, or a raspberry creme brulée with passionfruit curd.

There will also be a brief wine list and craft beers available.

"Basically, we will offer the same relaxed atmosphere with quality food and lovely wine," Massieu says.

Au Cirque, 618 Brunswick St, New Farm, 07 3254 0479