By Leigh O’Connor.
French cuisine is at the heart of all good food – from
buttery croissants to hearty casseroles and magical soufflés, just the mention
of all things French gets the tastebuds salivating. From city restaurants to
the home cook, everyone wants to get their French on with dishes that are rich,
comforting and above all tasty. Recipes don’t have to be over complicated, most
use simple but good quality ingredients and cooking methods, but the results
are always gastronomically pleasing.
As French restaurants around the country prepare traditional
feasts to celebrate Bastille Day, let’s have a quick look at what’s on offer.
For all other Bastille Day events and specials, check
out our What’s On Guide.
have to look far to find fabulous French fare as the city embraces its European
roots on July 14.
Sydney Wentworth celebrates Bastille Day with a selection of French
inspired culinary delicacies, including an indulgent cheese station and
macarons in the hotel lobby from 5pm-6pm. Order a classic French martini at $20
each in the 1960s-styled Soiree Bar before a three-course dinner at Garden
Court Restaurant, featuring traditional dishes such as moules marinieres,
coq au vin or crème brulee a l’orange, at a cost of $75 per person.
Kitchen at Le Salon in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs will come alive with
accordion music and Can Can dancers in a Moulin Rouge themed five-course
degustation dinner for $110 per person.
Pymble French steakhouse Brasserie l’Entrecote is
planning two days of celebration on July 13 and 14, offering a five-course menu
for $95, including profiterole with foie gras mousse and their signature
sirloin steak with dauphinoise potatoes and secret sauce.
Bistro in Surry Hills is serving up a three-course feast on July 14 and 15
for $85 a head, including a glass of sparkling wine. Start with a double cheese
soufflé, before moving on to choices such as fish of the day or slow cooked
lamb shank. LoLuk is also showcasing fare from Provence at their stall at the
BBR Festival at Circular Quay from July 13-16.
Crows Nest’s Le
Bouchon restaurant is planning a five-course degustation dinner for $90 per
person, matched with premium wines for an extra $40. Team the mussels, prawns,
clams and ocean trout bouillabaisse with a Loire Valley Chenin Blanc, or
perhaps a 2015 Chateau Saint Maurice Grenache Syrah with a pancetta wrapped
Relax on the waterfront of Marine Drive and enjoy a five-course
degustation dinner at Tea
Gardens Boatshed on Bastille Day, at a cost of $80 per person plus an extra
$20 for matching wines.
Bring a beret and celebrate at Cuisine
Restaurant & Bar at the Lake Crackenback Resort at Thredbo. Enjoy a five-course
menu for $90, including Jerusalem artichoke soup, blue eye cod, roasted duck
breast and lemon tart.
Moving South to
Victoria’s food hub of Melbourne……
Olivier Le Bistro is serving up beautiful French fare, drinks and live
music on France’s national day with two tempting options. Choose from the Sans
Cullote three-course menu at $70 per person, or the Marie Antoinette option at
$99 including a Kir Royal and Amuse Bouche to start.
Classic brasserie Small
French Bar in Footscray is planning a Bastille feast with dishes such as
potted duck confit, snails cooked in cider and cream and lamb stew with carrot,
turnips, beans and a rosemary crumb.
Staff at South Yarra’s France
Soir will set the mood dressing in costume to match the restaurant’s
Bastille decorations and entertainment. With a cover charge of $35 per person
and no BYO, diners can choose options such as boeuf bourguignon and cote de veau Normandie from the normal a la carte menu.
Those spending the day at A
La Bouffe Bar & Bistro on Toorak Road, will be treated to three-courses
of fare with or without matching wines. Delve into the likes of filet de boeuf
and sauce vin rouge or cuisse de canard confit, before a sweet sensation such as
flambéed crepes suzette with orange and Grand Marnier sauce and vanilla ice
Follow the Tour de France peloton over the mountains and through
the countryside with a six-course regional menu at The
Botanical Dining Room on Domain Road, for $99 per person or $139 with
matching wines. Dishes will reflect the cuisine of regions such as Alsace,
Burgundy, Bergerac, Northern Rhone and Paris.
Collins St Kitchen at the Sheraton Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD is planning a
week-long culinary celebration from July 11-16, with a nightly French inspired
seafood buffet and Parisian afternoon tea on Saturday and Sunday.
In the nation’s Capital……
Treat yourself and loved ones to a Bastille Day experience
Bistronomes on Mort Street in Braddon for $79 per person, with choices such
as parsley and garlic snails for a starter and classic French onion soup with
Gruyere cheese, followed by braised beef cheeks. Matching wines can be included
for an extra $33 per person.
Hosted by Frenchman Olivier Bruge and Chef John Leverink, The
Boat House Barton has a day of truffles, vino and cheese on the menu in
true Provincial style. Learn about regional wines and the history of delicious
fromage, as well as enjoying a meal including an interactive cheese and dessert
Drop into Bistro
Guillaume in Perth and transport the senses to a Parisian heaven. Offering
modern provincial dining with spectacular outdoor views, Bistro Guillaume is
launching an exciting new menu just in time for Bastille Day.
Meanwhile up in sunny
Enjoy breathtaking Brisbane city views while celebrating at Lutece
Bistro & Wine Bar for either lunch or dinner. A three-course lunch
including a glass of French sparkling wine on arrival is $75 per person and on
the menu, are tempters such as lobster, char-grilled duck with truffled
potatoes and braised oxtail. A five-course dinner will cost $148 with a glass
of champagne on arrival and on offer are the likes of crab boudin with caviar
butter sauce, veal shank braised with French morels mushrooms or salt bush lamb
Bringing French cuisine to Hastings Street, Noosa
Beach House Peter Kuruvita presents a five-course degustation dinner, fused
with local flavour. Think crab bisque, rabbit terrine and confit of duck,
teamed with wines of choice.
No matter which restaurant takes your fancy, make this
Bastille Day one to remember with fine food, great wines and French