Always looking for an excuse to raise a glass of champagne and indulge in good food, we’re looking forward to Bastille Day this weekend (aka La Fête Nationale, the National Celebration) on Saturday July 14. It’s a great chance to not only celebrate the birth of the modern French nation, but to really indulge in that which the French hold so dear: good food and wine.
Marked to remember the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, restaurants around the country design and host specialist menus to showcase traditional French technique, paired with the wonderful ingredients that Australia has to offer. So if the thought of escoffier and escargot pique your interest, or debating the merits of a real champagne lights up your Eiffel Tower, here are a few of the places around town where you can get a taste of French cuisine at its finest and join in celebrations to acknowledge the role that French technique has played in some of the best dining experiences on offer.
Where eating like Parisians this Bastille Day:
La Grillade – The recently refurbished French retreat in Crows Nest is hosting a Bastille day degustation at $125pp with matching wines.
Felix – Part of the Merivale Group, the French bar and bistro nestled in the Ash Street laneway in the CBD is hosting a three-course prix fixe lunch/dinner menu at $100pp, including a glass of Veuve Clicquot or a Kronenbourg on arrival.
The Union Hotel– The Union in North Sydney is celebrating its fourth birthday with a Bastille Day soiree on Saturday July 14, complete with a Parisian jazz band and cancan dancers. Restaurant Uncorked will serve a five-course degustation with champagne on arrival, all at $65pp.
La Brasserie– The Darlinghurst French brasserie will be having a live cancan show and a special Bastille Day set menu on July 13 and 14 at $85pp.
Le Pelican – The Surry Hills French bistro has booked out for their Bastille Day degustation dinner, but there is still room for the a la carte lunch (and you are encouraged to break out your stripes and beret).
Bistro Papillon – The cosy little bistro/bar in the CBD is serving a four-course Bastille Day menu at $85pp.
Claude’s - Fresh from a facelift, Woollahra French inspired stalwart Claude’s has thrown open their doors after a refurbishment, just in time for Bastille Day. They aren’t doing a specific menu, but they are a great place to try French inspired fare revamped with an Asian twist in the now updated dinning room.
L’Etoile – Celebrity chef Manu Feildel’s restaurant in Paddington is serving a three-course dinner of French classics, with a glass of sparkling on arrival at $95pp. It’s currently sold out, but you can join the waiting list for which they are still taking names.
Antoines Grill - The Concord French bistro is serving 'Le Grande Cassoulet', with a complimentary glass of La Vielle Ferme rosé. Featuring crisp pork belly, duck confit, house made Toulouse sausage & slow cooked lingot beans, cooked in tomato liqueur. Délicieux!