Top French-Themed Dining Spots in Sydney
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There are many reasons to celebrate in French style this winter. To start with, there's the French Open in June, the Bastille Festival
in July and the building anticipation of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The cooler season is perfect timing for layering up and stepping into these quaint French dining spots for a celebratory champagne or dessert.
Next to the State Theatre and within the QT Sydney Hotel, sits the politely petite café Parlour. Visit for a quick treat or linger for lunch or dinner. The charcuterie (which naturally includes a baguette) is a great share plate option for an afternoon post-shopping visit or try a selection of French cheeses served with pear chutney and bread. For a sweeter treat, skip to the dessert for a coffee crème brulée and rum baba.
The Grounds of the City
[/LINK]The Parisian-inspired restaurant on George Street is a welcome step back to the 1920s. The comfy booths, brass lamps and detailed décor will immediately make you feel like you have been transported to Europe. Although the service is always fast, there is often a queue of keen diners so making a reservation
is wise (you'll feel like a boss when you go inside without waiting!).The menu at The Grounds
is a mix of French and American-style dishes. There is a sizeable choice of small plates that includes smoked salmon rillettes, steamed tiger prawns and hand-cut steak fillet tartare. Pair your dish with a wine or cocktail and settle in. On Thursday evenings, you'll be serenaded with live jazz music from 6.30pm. The ambient restaurant is open every day and takeaway is an option…if you really can't stay.
[/LINK]Choose between two locations of this delectable dining experience - Lane Cove and the Tramsheds at Forest Lodge. You can bring your beloved four-legged friends to the Lane Cove locale which encourages pet dogs to dine in with their 'hoomans'. The Tramsheds
is a heritage-listed dining and artisan hub, situated near the beautiful Glebe foreshore. You can't go wrong really. There is much on the menu but it would be hard to go past a french crepe! Enjoy a freshly made sweet or savoury crepe with 7-10 different toppings available ( check the website
for serving times). To make your weekend stretch further, consider booking the bistro's #bottomless_brunch_menu
">four-course bottomless brunch
, from $69 per person. The brunch includes a 'never-ending' glass of French Sparkling Edmond Théry Brut Blanc de Blanc. And of course, the food is amazing too. Indulge in a sumptuous meal of mushroom bruschetta, truffle chicken cordon bleu, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, and chocolate coconut mousse with raspberry jelly. Bon appétit!
[/LINK]This clean-lined, classic bistro and bakery in Lavender Bay, Milsons Point is a French dream. If you were longing for a mention of the famous pastry in this list, the moment has arrived. Loulou has all of your baked favourites - baguettes, tarts, pain au chocolat and...what for it, croissants. The bakery is open every day at 7am - 4pm. Never long for a fresh croissant again!The bistro side of Loulou is just as tempting. Take a seat and enjoy their lunch and dinner menu, which includes John Dory farçi with Champagne sauce, Parisian gnocchi and braised lamb shoulder. To top it off, order a crème caramel or the rhubarb flaugnarde for dessert to make it a truly memorable French celebration. Note: the menu changes seasonally.If you're not local to the area, take some extra time out to stroll to Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden
, a luscious outdoor sanctuary with views of Sydney Harbour. It is a mere 5 minutes walk from Loulou.
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