Friday, 15 July 2011

Retro Bastille Day

With last week's absence (don't ask), we didn't quite get the jump on yesterday's Bastille Day celebrations and where to have them. So if you missed out on celebrating last night, why not go all Francais this weekend? Given how cold it is, I've come up with 3 hearty options to help you get your 'oui' on.


This Darlinghurst bistro darling has been around for a couple of years and continues to crank out delicious French fare without too much pomp and circumstance. On the current menu, check out their cassoulet of confit duck leg with pork sausage and grilled speck, $33. The dish, a classic from the southern regions of France is a hearty bean stew featuring any combination of sausages, pork belly, confit duck and other deliciously slow cooked meats. Its rib-sticking good fun. 

Level 1 292 - 294 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(02)9356 3429

La Guillotine

Originally a French omelette house (yes, it happened), La Guillotine has now evolved into a friendly French bistro in the heart of the city. You can get all the quintessential dishes you think of when it comes to classic French bistro stylings - they serve up dishes like snails, grilled with butter and parsley, mussels with garlic, parsley and cream and a hefty side of golden crisp fries. And yes, they still do a mean omelette - have it Lorraine (ham, cheese onion) or go all out with caviar. C'est magnifique.

518 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9264 1487

La Grande Bouffe

Hear me out. I know offal might be a little hard (or soft) to take, but doubters, consider this. They French are a sexy bunch. In general they appreciate the finer things in life, so if you're going to try offal, you might as well go out in style. The dish in question is a very classic dish - Sauteed calves liver with mash potato, roasted witlof and baslamic jus. If that's too much, you could always try the twice cooked lamb neck with zucchini, tomato and anchovie beurre blanc. A good visit for a leisurely Sunday lunch.

2/758 Darling Street
Rozelle NSW 2039
(02)9818 4333