So French, So Chic: Celebrating Bastille Day In Sydney
In 1789, about 1000 Parisians stormed a fortress in Paris and inspired a revolution that became a pivotal point in the establishment of the modern-day French Republic. While the July 14 national holiday known as Bastille Day might not mean much to Australians, it’s a great excuse for Sydney’s resident Francophiles to enjoy oh-so-French temptations such as crepes, camembert, Champagne, eclairs, macarons, souffle and more.
Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro, Barangaroo
Banksii at Barangaroo has created a roster of special French-themed prixe fix menu to celebrate Bastille Day throughout the month of July. Expect dishes such as mussels cooked in white vermouth, green olives and herb butter served with garlic bread and fries with either two beers, vermouth or house wines for $35. The venue will also rise to the occasion by serving Dolin vermouth, which hails from the French wine region of Chambery in the country’s southeast, throughout the month. Chin chin.
Shop 11, 33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, Sydney
Rising to the occasion
Find your joie de vivre at The Doss House by way of the French cheese and wine masterclass ($85pp) hosted by connoisseur Claudia Bowman, curator of The Australian Cheese and Wine Experience. Bowman, who also created the Ask the Cheesemonger app, specialises in hosting cultural experiences that provide education and a better appreciation of artisan food. See you there, mes amis.
The Doss House, 77-79 George St, Sydney
Été Restaurant, Barangaroo
French brasserie Été will be kicking off Bastille celebrations with a Parisian brunch. that includes a selection of freshly baked treats such as croissants, pain au chocolate, brioche and house-made condiments. For mains, diners can choose between classic steak frites, oeufs a la Basquaise or the moreish butter-crisped croque monsieur before diving into Été’s signature creme brûlée or chocolat fondant for dessert.
Tower 1, Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo, Sydney
The Wine Library
Squint your eyes and pretend you’re in Provence at the Wine Library in Woollahra on Bastille Day. In addition to the earthly pleasures of cool French tunes, the food and wine served on the day will be enough to satisfy that lifelong love affair with France. The sizeable wine library will be stocked and the kitchen pushing for nostalgic participation with dishes such as a tasty tartare, Champagne mignonette oysters, chicken and leek pithivier and cured meats. Pay homage to France’s National Day by enjoying varietals from Virtuous Vine.
18 Oxford St, Woollahra
Sydney doesn’t really have a French Quarter. If it did, Bistro Moncur would likely be at its epicentre. Bistro Moncur loves an excuse to amplify French cuisine. Francophiles can commemorate the storming of the prison that held dissidents with The Bastille Bottomless Brunch on Bastille Day. Sip on two hours’ worth of bottomless French cocktails in Bar Moncur – where founding chef Damien Pignolet is back at the helm – while enjoying an array of baked goodies such as pain perdu (French toast), Moncur salmon benedict and more. The Bastille Brunch menu options also include honey and spice granola with yoghurt and berry compote, seasonal fruit and a beetroot and goat’s curd salad (Cost: $80 pp). Head chef at sister venue, Bistro Moncur Mosman, has also curated a three-course classic French menu with a flute of Champagne on arrival for $85 pp for lunch; $110pp for a five-course degustation for dinner ($110pp).
116 Queen St, Woollahra & 76 Middle Head Rd, Mosman
Bastille Festival in the Rocks
If you’re really serious about Bastille Day, then rendezvous at The Argyle for the Bastille Revolution in the Rocks festival from July 12-15. Embark on a culinary journey around France without the jetlag to try much-loved regional specialties such as raclette and fondue from the Alps, flammkuchen from the East of France and crepes and cheeses from Brittany. There will also be some inspired mash-ups such as camembert arancini, creamy mushroom gnocchi and French paella at the 70-something stalls set up for the event, being billed as a ‘French feastival’.
Published 06 July, 2018