By Leigh O’Connor.
While we don’t encourage storming any prisons this Bastille Day on Wednesday, July 14 it is certainly the time to celebrate all things French.
What better way than to visit your favourite French restaurant and treat yourself to escargot, frogs’ legs and the best bubbles on the planet?
Dating back to 1789, Bastille Day was the turning point in the French Revolution when the people of Paris raided the Bastille seeking ammunition and gunpowder to arm themselves.
Let’s don a beret and striped T-shirt and head around the country to taste test some of our favourite dishes:
French charcuterie at Honour Brunswick Heads.
Say bon appetit to a three-course set menu at Honour Brunswick Heads on The Terrace and celebrate France’s national day in style, as you watch the sun go down with a glass of red in hand. Expect housemade charcuterie to start, followed by a classic French main of coq au vin and decadent dessert of crepe Suzette; or perhaps take the cheese option and finish on a savoury note.
Breakfast in bed French-style from Le Petit Brekkie.
Breakfast in bed is the epitome of luxury - at Le Petit Brekkie they believe everyone should be able to enjoy this pleasure and sample the best of the Byron Shire food scene. Order your breakfast box to be delivered to your door on Wednesday and indulge in delicious French treats, including a complimentary cannelé sweet pastry, which is crunchy and caramelised on the outside and soft and custardy inside.
Oh la la…Mon Poulet serves chicken with a French twist
Melbourne foodies say ‘oh la freaking la’ to chicken with a French twist at Mon Poulet on Paul Street in Mooroolbark. This is what happens when a Michelin-trained French Chef meets an Australian and moves Down Under – from whole roasted chickens to slow-cooked lamb shanks and beef bourguignon, there’s something to tempt all tastes.
A selection of French faves awaits at Lord Cardigan.
Eat, drink and be merry at Lord Cardigan in Albert Park as you celebrate Bastille Day with a beautiful selection of French foodie favourites created by their talented team. Established in 2007, this restaurant on Cardigan Place warmly welcomes throngs of visitors, who dine time and time again for nourishing breakfasts and ambient evenings from a Mod Oz menu with European and Asian influences.
Pistou’s freshly baked fougasse…delish.
Good wine, good food and good times await at French deli, restaurant and wine bar Pistou on King Street in Newtown. Chef Katie launches a new menu on Bastille Day - think starters like fougasse and dips, followed by steak tartare and onion rings, bouillabaisse and green salad; finishing with olive oil cake – all enjoyed with a selection of French wines.
A six-course degustation is on the menu at Kitchens on Kent.
To celebrate Bastille Day and his hometown flavours, Kitchens on Kent Chef Gaultier Ronchard presents a six-course degustation dinner, with matching wines. Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, book your table to sample beautifully curated French dishes throughout the whole week from the restaurant’s luxury buffet, which serves plates from around the world in an all-inclusive set menu.
Bon Vin’s slow-roasted beef fillet.
Bon Vin on Stanley Street in Darlinghurst is offering a five-course menu on Wednesday to mark France’s national day - start with salmon tartare vol-au-vent and French onion soup with gruyere crouton; before mains of duck confit ravioli, slow-roasted beef fillet with Bordelaise sauce and a classic crème brûlée, with vanilla bean and seasonal berries to finish.
Le Coin Bistro is the place to be as a French accordion player entertains.
A French accordion player will entertain guests at Le Coin Bistro on Enoggera Terrace in Red Hill on Wednesday as they enjoy a five-course lunch curated by Executive Chef Yann; with the option of adding matching wines with each course. Delve into charcuterie, prawn bisque, tome aligot, Wagyu sirloin, raspberry and dark chocolate millefeuille, as you sip away to your heart’s content.
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