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The 50 Best French Things You Should Have Tried In Sydney

By Ange Law - 16 Jul 2017

You may not think that French food is your thing, but we would bet that once you’re done reading this ENTIRE list, you’ll actually realise that it is in fact one of your faves. Sydney is literally bursting with French restaurants and also not-so French restaurants that have delicious and classic French dishes on their menu. 

These are the 50 best French things that you must eat in Sydney to avoid anyone ever asking—do you even go here? 

Bon appetit!

  1. It’s at the top of the list for a reason, one of which is the fact that Restaurant Hubert does a bloody good duck parfait.
  2. All you can eat mussel Mondays are happening at Ananas every. Single. Week. 
  3. You know what your week needs more of? Raclette. So head to Loluk Bistro, why don’t you. 
  4. Absolutely visit Kittyhawk for the cocktails, but make sure you order the deep-fried brie while you’re there. Frankly, it’d be rude not to.
  5. Everything at Bistrot Gavroche is delish, but grandpa Henri’s baked pork terrine is a good place to start. 
  6. Then follow it up with the crepe Suzette.
  7. Settle in at Bistro Moncur Woollahra and order the lunch prix fixe (it involves a French onion souffle gratin).
  8. Or head northside to Bistro Moncur Mosman for the pear tarte tatin with cinnamon ice cream.
  9. Beef tartare with smoked oil and egg butter at Ester is basically one of the best things you’ll eat this year. 
  10. All you need to know is that Handpicked Cellar Door throws a pretty great raclette night.
  11. Lovers of anchovies will love the onion anchovy black olive (pissaladiere) at Bistro Rex.
  12. Keep it classic at Bistro Guillaume with their braised pork neck with Brussel sprouts, speck and seeded mustard. 
  13. Or just head straight to the patisserie for a croissant.
  14. Bitton is a classic. Order the croissant French toast. 
  15. La Grillade takes French provincial dining to the next level, with their escargot cooked in red wine and garlic parsley butter.
  16. The chicken liver paté on toasted brioche at Felix is calling your name (trust us). 
  17. The first Monday of each month is raclette night at Bistro Papillon #enoughsaid.
  18. A chocolate and raspberry delice with salted caramel ice cream and peanut brittle exists at Bronte Road Bistro.
  19. The pig’s head terrine at Vincent.
  20. A classic steak frites is the only thing your belly wants and you’ll find a great one at Onde.
  21. Take a walk on the lighter side and order the smoked trout with potato mille-feuille and salsa verde at Le Pelican.
  22. The twice-baked French onion souffle at Macleay St Bistro is a yes from us. 
  23. The Champagne Room at The Winery—champagne is French, right? It totally counts.
  24. Or the French toast, with lemon curd, raspberry jam, seasonal fruit, crunchy almond crumble, honey popcorn, Italian lemon meringue and mascarpone at Indigo. It’s extreme in all the best ways (and it also counts).
  25. And the far-too-pretty French toast at Flower Child Chatswood. Don’t you judge us.
  26. Fine dining is king at Est. and we’ll be ordering the rose veal tartare. 
  27. 3 Weeds Rozelle is serving up a cassoulet of beans, pancetta, soft egg and parsley.
  28. Head to Bistro Cocotte in Haberfield for their croque monsieur with pomme frites. 
  29. Then hit up Bakery Concotte for the watermelon, strawberry and champagne cake (yep). 
  30. The chicken coq au vin at La Grillade, slow cooked with bacon, onion, garlic and mushrooms in a rich red wine sauce.
  31. We’re hightailing it straight to the impressive rosé list at Bar Brosé.
  32. Baby, it’s cold outside, so order the fish stew from Le Village.
  33. The codesa anchovies in olive oil at Eau De Vie are pure, delicious simplicity.
  34. Order a slice of the signature baked date and custard tart from Lorraine’s Patisserie. Okay, okay, make it an entire pie.
  35. Head to Garcon for the croque monsieur with bangalow ham and emmental. It’s a classic for a reason, people. 
  36. Souffle of the day at Cook’s Garden—you may not know what you’re going to get, but you can bet that it’ll be good. 
  37. Jardin St James is oozing French vibes, but their baguettes are oozing raclette (even better). 
  38. The baby lemon meringue pies at La Banette are the stuff of dessert dreams. 
  39. This list would not be complete without macarons, and the ones at La Renaissance are the gooooooods.
  40. Any of the specialty croissants at Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie.
  41. Ganache patisserie is all about authentic French baked things. Make sure you grab two of the blue cheese and caramelised onion quiches (one is NOT enough).
  42. Bakery kings (that’s Bourke Street Bakery, FYI) kill it at the croissant game. 
  43. Kick it old school with a croquembouche from Zumbo.
  44. Or ease into it with a profiterole from Croquembouche Patisserie in Banksmeadow.
  45. The entire French cheese section at Formaggi Ocello
  46. Duck paté with rhubarb and sourdough toast is a fancy French classic and you can get it at CHISWICK Woollahra.
  47. Baguette from Pioik bakery with whipped butter is everything your belly needs and you’ll find it at The Paddington (where you will likely want to order errrrything else).
  48. Crack through the sugary shell and scoop out allllll of the goodness that is a creme brulee at Créme Brulee Patisserie (appropriate).
  49. The brioche bun from Bel & Brio will be the best Frenchy start to your day, with pasture raised eggs, grilled bacon, caramelised onions and tomato chutney. 
  50. A cocktail at Bar Chinois seems like the logical place to finish.

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