Being a Frog myself probably makes me a tough judge when it comes to French restaurants abroad, which I often find pompous, over-priced and lifeless. However La Brasserie really pulls it off! It’s exactly what a Bistro would be like back home…the old time favourites on the black board, the French songs playing away in the background, the warm and intimate atmosphere…it instantly brings me back to Paris! It is, for sure, a very popular spot amongst French expats who are probably the most regular customers – but hearing French all around you also adds to the experience, non?
The dishes are simple, authentique and delicious..In the starter section, the rustic charcuterie platter is top quality, served with mustard, cornichons and pickled onions. Although I always feel obliged to go for the escargot a la bourguignonne especially if it there is an opportunity to challenge anyone at the table! The steak is beautiful – tartare or sirloin – always a winner with French fries…but there are many other traditional dishes on menu and the Confit de canard, moules marinières or lapin farci are all perfectly prepared. Make sure you save a bit of room to try one of their desserts too – the crème Brulée is really tasty and it also comes with a little canele Bordelais, which a traditional little cake with a rich custardy interior enclosed by a thin caramelized layer! A real classic in all bakeries back home!
All staff members are experienced, efficient and friendly. But make sure you listen carefully as the accent is at its strongest and French gibberish part of every sentence!
Overall, I would probably give it a 8/10 Nibbles!
118 Crown Street,
(02) 9358 1222