You may never be in France to celebrate Bastille Day in the summer sun *sigh*, but you can enjoy Brisbane’s very own little slices of je ne sais quoi. French food epitomises indulgence so prepare your palate for all the croissants, crème brulée, and cassoulet you can get your hands on!
Here’s our picks of the best French feeds in town.
Marché du Macaron
It would be simply ridiculous not to celebrate Bastille Day with a sweet, crispy-yet-soft, melt-in-your-mouth macaron. Marché du Macaron happen to make some of the best in Brisbane, along with an ever-changing weekend menu that will have you swearing your allegiance to the French flag in just one bite!
Black Pearl Epicure
If you’re hankering for a real taste of red, white, and blue, Black Pearl Epicure is a haven for all things Française! With more than 300 variants of cheese, rare teas, confectionary and truffles, luxury French delicacies, and condiments are these guys’ MO.
There is no doubt that classic French cuisine is a glamourous affair, and Privé249 has it on lockdown. With an extensive French Champagne and liqueur list to start your evening of luxury, move on to their modern French menu that is always meticulously created and delivered. Dress to impress and get ready to be wowed with this one!
An absolute must-do for anyone with a taste for fine wine and French dining, Anise makes for an intimate night out in a chic and rustic setting. A simple, French-inspired menu is perfectly matched by a continuously changing set of wines for a room fit for just 17 customers at a time. Absolutely divine.
Steak frites–one of the greatest dishes to come out of France–is the star of Parisian steakhouse, Les Bubbles in Fortitude Valley. With only one item on the menu, your decision is an easy one. Medium-rare steak is served with sauces, salad, bread and bottomless frites that just keep on coming.
Montrachet’s award winning chef Shannon Kellam is all about combining French gastronomic cooking with Australian seasonal produce. Choose from their indulgent degustation menu or go à la carte. With culinary classics like crab soufflé and garlic snails on the menu (not to mention their highly addictive Crème Brûlée!), you’ll (almost) be tricked into thinking this Paddington staple is really in the heart of Paris. We can dream, can’t we?
Chouquette boasts a dedication to traditional French methods of baking that creates the delightful pastries and treats that is a favourite among Parisians and New Farm locals alike. Tuck in to one of their classic chocolate eclairs, and be transported to the French countryside. Le sigh.
Crust & Co.
Tucked away in the back streets of Wilston, Crust & Co. is filled with house-made sourdoughs, baguettes, French pastries, and brioches aplenty, all ready for you to take home. Grab yourself a cappuccino and a pain au chocolat to start the day the European way!
Vieille Branche have combined their charming French-style shop and warehouse with traditional recipes for a café that will make you feel like you are in a farmhouse just outside of Paris. Pate’s, charcuterie, cheese boards, souffles, and tartines all make a welcome appearance in this humble Albion abode.
Image credit: Marché du Macaron by Ariana Gillrie