Last year, a few of our teachers met Chef Rudy while he was working as a cook in a café near one of the primary schools that we work with at Alliance Française Sydney. Since then, this talented Marseille-born chef has opened a delightful French restaurant called L'Amuse Bouche in Surry Hills. We decided to indulge in their raclette on a Tuesday evening after class and were instantly transported back to the cold winter nights we fondly remember in France, where we would gather around the raclette grill, eagerly awaiting the moment the cheese would be ready to pour over a bed of potatoes and charcuterie.
You might have heard the buzz in Sydney about a French restaurateur who generously dished out free Nutella and lemon crêpes on Wednesdays during lockdown. For that, we have to thank chef and owner of Le Coq, David Poirier. His marinated free-range chicken dishes are truly a staple of French cuisine, and some of our staff and teachers, particularly those from the South-West of France, find his recipes simply irresistible.
In Paris, a bouillon is traditionally a spacious and affordable restaurant decorated in Art Nouveau style, serving a variety of simple, yet delicious dishes, including a broth or "bouillon". Meanwhile, Le Relais de l’Entrecôte is a famous one-dish steakhouse that opened in Paris in 1959. Sydney's Bouillon l'Entrecôte brings the best of both worlds together with its simple, quality menu and great cuts. Our teachers love going there to satisfy their cravings for steak-frites.
It's no secret that Bondi Beach is a hotspot for Sydney's French community. Chouchou offers a thoughtful selection of French wine and beer, along with bistro classics to share and enjoy on their sunny terrace. This establishment holds a special place in the hearts of Sydney's French residents, offering a taste of their homeland in a distant corner of the world. It's also a great place for our students to practice their language skills with the French-speaking staff!
Claire's Kitchen in Surry Hills offers an authentic French Brasserie experience, with a twist. From Tuesday to Friday, the mezzanine level, known as 'Le Salon,' is styled with the vibrant flair of Oxford Street. Here, guests can enjoy a cabaret show alongside their three-course French menu. Whether you're here for the show or the cuisine, you'll be treated to exceptional service by Marc Kuzma, also known as Clair de Lune, and his dedicated team.
Since opening their first iconic restaurant in Mosman in 2013, the four French owners behind Four Frogs have made a name for themselves in Sydney's culinary scene. Today, they offer delicious sweet and savoury crêpes in four locations throughout the city. Some of our members may have spotted us savouring a staff dinner (or two) in Circular Quay, or relishing a Four Frogs crêpe during our annual Bastille Day celebration. With six Bretons currently on staff at Alliance Française Sydney, distinguishing between wheat flour crêpes and gluten-free buckwheat galettes is a matter we take quite seriously.
At Alliance Francaise de Sydney, we are your go-to resource for all things French in Sydney. Our
recommendations are carefully curated from the personal preferences and experiences of our French staff, making this list just the tip of
the culinary iceberg. With more than 50 restaurants across the Greater Sydney area serving French or French-inspired delights, our
gastronomic journey is just beginning. Our next mission: to find the
best croissant in
Sydney! So stay tuned, or follow the delightful trail of crumbs leading to our office!
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