The French. Amirite? They do life by their own rules. They cheese, make wine, drink wine, never get fat, do beauty and fashion effortlessly and are just so damn cool. Even if you don’t have a drop of sensational French blood in you, you probably love wine, cheese, and a baguette or two—which pretty much makes you an honorary Frenchman in our books. So get your Francophile on this Bastille Day (FYI, it’s 14th July) and head to these French restaurants in Sydney to get your Français on.
Bistrot Gavroche, one of Sydney’s newest French bistros is coming out swinging for Bastille Day. They’ve been scouring the sea for the tastiest morsels and are set to put on an indulgent seafood stand for two. On the menu will be two dozen Pacific oysters from Coffin Bay, six Crystal Bay prawns, two Moreton Bay bus and oh, just a bottle of the good stuff, Saint Véran Chateau de Beauregard 2013 from Burgundy, France. There’s also been talk of a special French revolution cocktail, head on down if you’re feeling rebellious.
When: 14th July, lunch and dinner
Cost: $200 per person
Bistro Moncur is all about style and deliciousness. Globally acclaimed French chef, Guillaume Brahimi, has personally curated a fresh and luxurious five course degustation adventure. There’ll be truffles, soufflé, and pithivier to name just a few of the mouth watering delights that the French have gloriously brought to reality. But, of course, there’s no need to hold your breath any longer, Brahimi has also curated a selection of fabulous French wines to complement the courses, chosen to celebrate the collaboration of Australian flavours with the traditional French cooking style.
When: 14th July from 6:30pm
Cost: $220 per person
It’s five courses, it’s French, it’s for you. The wine, it will be a flowing, the atmosphere, it will be merry, and the feast, it will be an experience. A modern take on the classics there’ll be freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters with champagne jelly, finger lime and salmon caviar, roasted rabbit with mustard and just a casual tarte tatin with banana, honeycomb and ice cream are calling your name.
When: 14th July, dinner
Cost: $89 per person
French Touch Bistro
For some Bastille Day cannot be contained into one day. It simply cannot be done. French Touch Bistro has organised for July 14th to be celebrated in style and high spirits with the appropriate mix of French wine, dishes and music at the Bastille Day dinner and then it just keeps on going. Friday is set to be Tartiflette night with reblochon cheese oozing over potatoes, bacon and onions. Saturday and Sunday give no reprieve with a French brunch at the ready complete with coffee, croissants, baguettes, more cheese, crepes and sparkling wine. And, to top it off, and to work off the indulgences consumed, Sunday 17th will see a French Bowls (Petangque) tournament unfold.
When: 14th July – 17th July
The Argyle are geared up to be exceptionally patriotic and they want you to come along for the ride. Deck yourself in your best French stripes and join in the frivolities that are set to go late into the night. Starting with a free drink, it’ll be all about indulging in the tastes and sounds of merriment. With sweet crepes, French cheese galore and saucisson, you’ll be well fed as the Cancan dancers dazzle in all their finery. The national anthem will proudly ring forth and then you’d better limber up for the sweet, sweet beats of French DJs LIL’M and French Mafia. With 2,000 participants last year, it’s sure to be a bustling and boisterous affair.
When: 14th July, 5pm till late
The BBR Festival is going to be big so we have to advise a solid schedule so as to avoid flagging too early. This festival is going to bring a big case of FOMO for those who don’t get around to absolutely everything. Right here goes… Starting from Thursday July 14th until Sunday 17th, the BBR open air festival is going to bring artistic events, delicious French cuisine stalls, live concerts, traditional French cabaret, French films, thrilling cooking masterclasses, litres of wine, European markets, three tonnes of real snow, a street hockey game and so much more. Whew! Ok, straight to the BBR Festival website to create your own glorious personal French experience.
When: 14th July – 17th July
Cost: Free Entry
A beautiful three course dinner with the nectar of French wine overlooking Sydney harbour. What more needs to be said? French wine will be there to bring delight, the nuanced flavours will dance along in collaboration, the views of the Harbour will remind you that yes, we are still in Sydney. Like all civilised folk, Café Ananas knows that brunch is best and so on Sunday the 17th champagne and a gourmet buffet selection of seafood, charcuterie and other such mouth watering opportunities will be beckoning.
When: 14th July (dinner), 17th July (brunch)
Cost: $85pp for dinner, $69pp for brunch
We’re talking an amuse bouche, pour commencer and plat principal to knock your Francophile socks off at this French restaurant in Sydney. Head Chef Nathan Johnson has rolled up his sleeves to create a humdinger of a dinner experience. Rock oysters, bacon, kingfish tartare, soufflé, smoked pork hock, sauté of herb gnocchi, barramundi, slow roasted lamb shoulder and sirloin steak are just some of the marvels that could cross your palate. I suppose the small matter of dessert should be mentioned and with Valrhona chocolate tart, peanut butter parfait and a host of French cheeses to choose from, we don’t envy your decision dilemma.
When: 14th July from 6:30pm
Cost: $110 pp
Ladurée’s Limited Edition Macarons
Marie Antoinette enjoyed the sweeter things and life and we darn well will as well. The connoisseurs at Ladurée have teamed up with renowned illustrator Kerrie Hess to create a limited edition box series, ‘From Paris With Love’, inspired by her magical time in the city of love. The box comes filled with eight delectably gorgeous macarons that’ll have you’re whole posse celebrating the French, the fact that you can taste and the whole joy of being alive.
When: All day on 14th July
When you put Head Chef Frederic Booms and visionary Alicia Wadsworth you get something wonderfully delicious. A three course menu complete with a glass of Ruinart Champagne on arrival will have you in a very happy place. Rock oysters, those cheeky escargots, double baked gruyere soufflé, duck a ‘orange, fromage for days and a chocolate tart with fresh raspberries could all be yours in a blissful night of degustation glory.
When: 14th July from 5:30pm
Cost: $75 pp
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Image Credit: Bistrot Gavroche