You know those times when your wanderlust is at an all time high but reality is there to bring you back down? Well, it’s the perfect excuse to take a trip to Bistrot Gavroche in Sydney’s hottest restaurant precinct of the moment, Kensington Street. You’ll be transported to a Parisian bistro at internationally acclaimed chef Frederic Colin’s newest creation, where even the furniture and fittings are direct imports and the wait staff, complete with their charming French accents, give it a feel so authentic you’ll be wishing you wore your beret.
Bistrot Gavroche is French bistro food, with the menu inspired from Colin’s time working in his Grandpa Henri’s restaurant, so much so the baked pork terrine is as traditional as you would expect, not to mention delicious, and also named after the man himself.
Cold meats are definitely one of the sure fire ways to our hungry hearts and their assiette de charcuterie et cornichons or charcuterie board with pickles is a must have when it comes to starting your Bistrot Gavroche experience. With cold meats, pate, perfectly pickled onions, crunchy gherkins, fresh bread with slightly sinful butter and a choice of mustard, this will be a winner in your eyes (and most importantly your belly).
For entrees you can continue your escape with comforting favourites like onion soup, escargots which, if you’re like some of us you’re always meaning to try them but never really get there, these are a great place to start, baked in their shell with parsley and garlic butter, and so damn tasty you’ll wonder why you’ve missed out on these slippery little guys your whole life.
The mains are hearty and soul warming, with a queue de boeuf braisée au vin rouge et choux, that’s braised oxtail in case you were wondering, served with cabbage and drizzled in a red wine sauce or the Barossa Valley chicken with a vin juane sauce, otherwise known as a yellow wine sauce and one that is worth a serious sniff before tasting.
Once you’ve worked your way through all of the condiments, how about moving on to all of the rums? At the end of the meal you will be presented with quite possibly the hottest thing on four wheels—Bistrot Gavroche’s rum cart. There are 13 French ancestry rums to work your way through, from as far as Haiti and Martinnique in the Caribbean and even Mauritius. For best results maybe try two.
For dessert, and at the risk of being predictable, #sorrynotsorry, butyour life needs the Crêpe Suzette, if for no other reason that it is seriously impressive to see your meal set alight in all of its syrupy glory. There’s also a tarte au chocolat noir de Tanzanie which is a dark chocolate tart with espresso ice cream (all of the yum) and the Mont Blanc aux marrons, a chestnut cake which we’re told is one of the most popular among those food loving Parisians, so you know what they say, when in, um, Chippendale? There’s also a great selection of cheeses if that’s more your style.
Bistrot Gavroche is what French bistro food should be, with décor that could have you thinking (if only just for a moment) you’re half a world away.
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