Sydney’s 5 best French restaurants

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This Saturday is Bastille Day, France’s national holiday commemorating the 1789 storming of Paris’ political prison, the Bastille, a perfect excuse to sample some of Sydney’s best French offerings.

When I think of French cuisine, I think of traditional Parisian bistros and laid-back country restaurants serving simple classics, rather than Michelin-starred gastronomic temples.

French cuisine is not as well represented in Sydney as it should be. but there are some good addresses that bring me directly back to Paris, like these five. Why not check out their July 14 offers?


Twice baked soufflé at St Claude’s Roberta Muir

Love tradition, like the double-baked cheese soufflé which has been around for over 40 years by five owners and on my last visit I was on the prix fixe $ 68 with Café de Paris steak and creme caramel . Classic, refined but cozy, this institution is in good hands.


Restaurant Hubert Fourni

Descend the curved paneled staircase and step back in time, in an underground cellar with live music, sweet candles and tight tables of diners tasting the small aioli, snail with a modern touch of XO butter, fricassee of chicken with green garlic and excellent creme caramel. Great wine list too!


Bistro Papillon Roberta Muir

A cozy dark brown room with simple wooden tables and warm service showcases classics, from escargots to onion soup to beef bourguignon. But I’m here for the tarte flambée, a simply delicious Alsatian specialty, a thin dough garnished with crème fraîche, onion and speck!


Bistro Guillaume Fourni

Guillaume’s bistro is situated between the luxury of its old refined dinners and the simplicity of a classic bistro. I love the homemade salmon with brioche, the steak tartare with apple wafers, the Bernaise steak fries and the soufflé with Roquefort sauce. But I dream of the thin cinnamon ice cream pie!


Chateaubriand at Mère Catherine Roberta Muir

Phone. : 9358 2000

This quirky 16-seat husband and wife restaurant has basic decor, minimal wine (they allow BYO), French home cooking, and a unique, out-of-the-ordinary atmosphere. Given Gerard and Nanette’s vintage, who knows how long it will be here, discover a piece of Sydney’s restaurant history while you can.

Roberta Muir runs the Sydney Seafood School at Sydney Fish Market and publishes the Food Wine Travel website, where she shares her favorite food, wine and tourism finds. You can sign up here to receive her regular email of her 5 favorite things.