It shouldn’t take much to convince anyone that the French feast pretty damn well. With a foodie line-up packed with garlic snails, raclette, cured meats and the infamous ratatouille, there’s not much these guys don’t do.
As for the French scene in Sydney well, it’s big. Never-ending big.
Here are all the best French restaurants to hit in Sydney.
Keeping their stature as one of Sydney’s coolest French-style restaurants, Hubert has brought to the table a mix of traditional cuisines with a modern twist like the roast escargot mixed with Hubert’s XO sauce and kimchi gratin. But they haven’t forgotten the classics, so you can also order up confit mushroom with peppercorn sauce or an iconic chicken fricassee. Housed in an underground Jazz club spot, head here for the roster of live music too.
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A biggie in Sydney’s French restaurant game, Bistro Moncur started off as an Eastern Suburb institution, but now has opened a second location across the bridge. Request to be seated in their Parisian-designed courtyard for the ultimate fairy tale experience. Order up their raspberry soufflé with a glass of red straight from Bordeaux, France.
This establishment is an ode to the Parisian institution that has popped up in all major cities around the globe. The Brasserie l’Entrecôte speciality is simple: steak frites with their secret sauce (the recipe has come straight from Paris). Of course, there are other items on the menu but honestly, this is just so iconic that you can’t pass it up.
Known for their iconic escargot de Bourgogne (buttery garlic snails), Bistro Papillon brings with it its famous raclette, which gets scraped onto your plate from a hot melting wheel and is served with an assortment of cured and smoked meats, potatoes, baguettes and condiments.
What’s coming out of the kitchen at Loluk Bistro is coming straight from the areas of Nice and Southern Provence. We’re talking hand-cut beef tartar with romarin straw chips and even a lavender crème brûlée. And with a range of French-brewed beers on tap, you’re guaranteed to have a blast. With a few bottomless specials on rotation too, this is a great spot for date night bliss.
A little slice of France within the Inner West? That’s Bistro Cocotte for you. The menu includes traditional dishes from ratatouille to steak tartare, beef bourguignon and even cassoulet. Grab a basket of frites for the table and dig into some amazing flavours that your taste buds will not expect.
After opening up in Melbourne and Perth, Bistro Guillaume widened its doors to squeeze into a Sydney location. Of course, they’re plating up the French classics, but have you ever tried a French dessert-style yum cha before? Our guess is no, so you’re going to want to book a spot here immediately. A petit four trolley makes the rounds around the joint, so expect Valrhona chocolate truffles, raspberry tartlets and salted caramels for that sweet treat.
Felix is Sydney’s fine dining French establishment, and is a special spot to savour when you feel like splashing a bit of cash. With Beluga caviar (at a whopping $390) and lobster straight from the sea, you know this place is baller.
For anyone who has ever wanted to try a winning version of the ever-popular beef tartare, now’s your chance. Bistro Rex whips up one of the best plates in Sydney, topped with egg yolk, chives and Worcestershire sauce. But the real champion on this menu is the white chocolate parfait for dessert. With butterscotch macadamia and chocolate sorbet, we can guarantee you’ll be licking the plate.
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Image credit: Felix.