Armorica Grande Brasserie
Bringing the fun, energy and excitement of Paris to Surry Hills’ Crown Street, Armorica Grande Brasserie is a 150-seat French restaurant by Andrew Becher, who operates Euro-inspired venues Franca and Parlar in Potts Point.
On the menu, the best of Aussie seafood and meat is prepared with respect to the techniques and heritage of Northern France, with a custom-built Josper grill at the heart of the kitchen.
Highlights include a lavish seafood tower with oysters, prawn cocktail, octopus roulade and rock lobster, rigatoni with slow-roasted duck, fresh herbs and foie gras, and whole chicken served with desert lime, chicken skin and thyme gravy.
Armorica Grande Brasserie also boasts a menu section dedicated to steak frites with various cuts of Australian beef, and desserts like a signature chocolate bar (made from Valrhona chocolate mousse, salted caramel and chocolate chip cookie) taking a contemporary approach to French pastry classics
Over 400 wines are listed from the classic producing regions of the world, with a focus on makers using traditional methods and techniques to explore new approaches. The cocktail program takes inspiration from contemporary Parisian culture, with sips like the Yuzu Royale with yuzushu, eucalyptus and champagne and Citron Vesper of citrus, cucumber, olive oil, Lillet, Belvedere vodka and Tanqueray gin.
Echoing the rich interiors of Parlar and Franca, Armorica Grande Brasserie’s space includes opulent, timber-detailed ceilings, hand-crafted European oak joinery, and deep red leather banquettes, all custom designed and hand-made in Sydney. For special occasions, the venue also hosts an 18-seat private dining room.
Armorica Grande Brasserie will open on Thursday 20 April.
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