Where to Indulge in Traditional French Fare This Bastille Day

Lauren Powell
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It’s no secret that we’re partial (read: obsessed) with French style in every facet of our lives: Their perfectly imperfect interiors, effortlessly cool fashion, and their less is more approach to beauty. As one of the biggest—and arguably most important—days on the French calendar, Bastille Day approaches this Thursday, we’re celebrating the best way we know how—with French food, of course. Another piece of France we simple can’t get enough of. We’ve enlisted the expertise of OpenTable to source the restaurants around the country which are home to some of the best versions of our favourite French classics. Read on, book a table, and transport to the picturesque European country for a day—rosé in hand.

For French cheese…

Botanical: Located in Melbourne’s bustling South Yarra district and overlooking the Royal Botanical Gardens, The Botanical’s Dining Room offers some of the finest French cuisine in the country. Think a number of delectable French cheeses like Le Conquerant Camembert from Normandy or Chabichou du Poitou from Poitou-Charente. Can’t make up your mind? Opt for a tasting plate to share and taste-test them all. We think the latter is a fine choice.

For pate…

Bistrot Gavroche: This classic French eatery, located in Sydney’s CBD which swung open its doors earlyier this year already causing a stir with French foodies. Visually, it mightn’t be the swankiest of venues, but the bistro–style food is undeniably French, with notable Parisian influences from head chef Frederic Colin. Inspired by his grandfather who owned a restaurant in France, Colin named his popular and sweet pâté en croûte de grand-père Henri in his honour.

For French onion soup…

Bistro Guillaume: Founded by renowned chef, Guillaume Brahimi, this French eatery in Perth is a relaxed, fine-dining venue with a provincial French décor. The chic, yet casual atmosphere encourages guests to dine as the French do—over a long lunch, that is. First course: French onion soup, of course!           

For crème brulée…

Missy French: This charming and old-fashioned French restaurant found in Sydney’s Potts Point is owned by Neil Perry’s daughter, Josephine Perry. Known for its innovative French menu, the restaurant will have a special set menu this Bastille Day, featuring shucked oysters with mignonette, steak tartare, and beef bourguignon. Those with sweet tooths will love Chef Chris Benedet’s original take on the iconic French dessert, crème brulée, which comes with caramelised popcorn and a small scoop of creamy, popcorn-flavoured ice cream—you’ll be please to know it tastes as good as it sounds, if not better.

For soufflé…

Café Lyon: Café Lyon on Sydney’s North Shore is a cosy, yet contemporary take on traditional Bouchon’s of Lyon. Owner and Chef de Cuisine, Rainer Korobacz, uses of fresh, local products to create quality bistro food that will have you booking your next visit as you depart. Our pick? Korobacz’s raspberry soufflé with raspberry ripple glaze.

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Will you be celebrating Bastille Day with traditional French fare?

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