Food & Drink

A Francophile’s Delight: Old-School French Cuisine

By Jacqui Thompson
16th Jul 2013

For 30 years, Vamps French Bistro, in Paddington, has been serving Sydney's Francophiles with a mixture of classic French cuisine along with Australian and Asian-influenced dishes. Rich, French, and delicious, you will not be disappointed by a visit to Vamps. From an intimate dinner for two, to large group bookings, the atmosphere is welcoming and cosy. 

Located at Five Ways, Paddington, Vamps is housed in a Victorian terrace and run by its original owners, Tony and Veronique. The walls are red, the art Cézanne-inspired, and, if you are lucky, you may be serenaded with a piano performance by one of the staff.

Now to the food! Vamps is probably not a top pick if you are vegetarian or prefer lighter meals, but, that being said, there are some vegetarian options.

For entrée, you can't go past the Snails Gratineed in Garlic Sauce—even if you are not a fan of snails, after trying this dish, you will be. Scallops on the Shell in Mornay Sauce, Vamps 'Famous' Chicken Liver Pate, and the French Onion Soup should not be missed, either.

Highly recommended for les plats principaux, is the Wild Rabbit Pie, but get in quick as it is a house favourite and can sell out. The Twice Cooked Pork Belly has crackling you won't forget, the Slow Roasted Duck with Cherries is an absolute classic, and, finally, the Eye Fillet Steak with Sauce Bernaise is a crowd-pleaser. For an old-school French experience that won't break the bank (entrées range from $15 to $17, mains $17 to $38, and sides additional) take a sojourn to Vamps.


Vamps French Bistro

227 Glenmore Road, Paddington NSW 2021

Ph: 02 9331 1032

Bookings taken, Licensed and BYO

Open Tuesday - Saturday 6:30pm to 12pm

Lunch Functions available minimum 20 people

Image credit garlic snails: Le Rivage NYC  

Image credit roast duck with cherries: Nourished Kitchen 

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