With a flurry of new openings in recent years, its easy to see that French food is having a moment. Heres our list of the best places to get your French fix minus the jetlag.
Since opening in 2016, Restaurant Hubert have cemented their status as one of Sydneys premier dining destinations. In a basement on Bligh St youll find this stunningly fitted out venue. The wonderfully romantic space is split into seven intimate areas, and features wood panelling, flattering warm light, a 100-seat theatre, a jazz-era soundtrack and a baby grand piano. This is post-war 1950s glamour at its best. From the menu you can expect the best of French cuisine, including dishes like oysters mignonette, duck rillettes and parfait, bavette steak with Bordelaise butter and chicken la jardinire. Desserts are just as delicious, with treats like crme caramel on offer.
15 Bligh St Sydney NSW 2000 |(02) 9232 0881
Onde is bringing provincial, neighbourhood bistro style dining to Sydney. The relaxed venue has been serving their French-inspired menu for 20 years now and it remains just as popular with the locals in Potts Point and Darlinghurst. Open until late every night, youll enjoy comforting dishes like pork confit salad with shaved cabbage, watercress, spiced apple and hazelnuts, mustard crumbed beef cheeks with roast cherry tomato, asparagus and orange segments, and crisp polenta with pea puree, sauted mushrooms and spinach. This restaurant is the place to come when you dont feel like cooking at home, but still want to be at ease.
346 Liverpool St Darlinghurst NSW 2010 |(02) 9331 8749
This romantic bistro in the heart of the CBD pays homage to the quintessential French brasserie. Authentic touches like crisp white tablecloths, bow-tied waiters and ornate lights only add to the opulent atmosphere. The award winning French wine list pairs well with a menu that includes hand cut steak tartare, twice baked Gruyere souffl with onion puree, rocket and walnuts, wood grilledking salmon with caramelised sauce soubise, warm peas,leek and bacon salad, and classic steak frites. The dessert menu features plenty of French classics like tarte tatin, champagne and elderflower jelly, and profiteroles.
2 Ash St Sydney NSW 2000 |(02) 9240 3000
A staple of the Eastern Suburbs dining scene for some time now, Bistro Moncur have recently ventured over the bridge to Mosman. Showcasing the best of Australian produce in classic French bistro style cooking, theyre sure to please. Entrees and mains like Barossa chicken liver pate served with pickled cherries, cornichons and brioche, grilled sirloin with Caf de Paris butter, and pan-roasted duck breast with sweet potato foie gras puree make way for delectable desserts like gateau opera, raspberry and pistachio bombe Alaska and vanilla crme brulee.
116A Queen St Woollahra NSW 2025 |(02) 9327 9713
76A Middle Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088 |(02) 8287 2968
Chef Frederic Colin and sommelier Lionel Richard have opened a version of their famed Singapore French restaurant in Chippendale. Wood, brass and marble interior has transformed this old warehouse into a traditional Parisian bistro, much to the delight of Sydneysiders. Open for lunch and dinner most days, and brunch on weekends, Bistrot Gavroche is a fitting tribute to French food. Colin pays tribute to his French heritage with wholesome dishes like a baked pork terrine, bone marrow on sourdough bread with garlic confit and parsley, roasted spatchcock with spinach, sweetcorn and tarragon jus, crepes suzette and tarte tatin.
Level 1 2-10 Kensington St Chippendale NSW 2008 |(02) 9281 6668