After two years and one new restaurant in the family, the former Hungry Mother team finally debuts the Cambridge restaurant’s replacement at 233 Cardinal Medeiros: Cafe du Pays flings open its doors today for dinner service starting at 5 p.m., according to a post on the restaurant’s Instagram page. (After Hungry Mother closed in July 2015, shortly after the departure of chef Barry Maiden, the rest of the team went on to open Mamaleh’s in the former West Bridge space nearby.) The restaurant serves “French-Canadian delicacies from a New England point of view,” per its Facebook page.
Cafe du Pays joins Mamaleh’s and older sibling State Park under the oversight of John Kessen, Rachel Miller Munzer, Alon Munzer, Heather Mojer, Tyler Sundet, and Rachel Sundet, who have crafted a French-Canadian menu and homey decor within the familiar space. Dan Amighi (La Brasa, Little Big Diner) is onboard as head chef as well, as previously reported.
A few dishes from the new restaurant have popped up on social media, including Oreilles de Crisse, a mushroom and pork dish; creton (a pork spread from Quebec) with birch syrup and peppercress; bread with house-cultured butter; and tarte au sucre. The team hasn’t released the full menu yet, but according to an earlier newsletter, Cafe du Pays serves “hearty cuisine, balanced with lighter New England seafood and produce” along with beers from “Quebec and New England breweries,” plus “French wine and spirits” and cocktails made with ingredients “from Canada down through Massachusetts.”
Cafe du Pays is open for dinner and drinks.