10 classic French dishes and where to try them in Sydney

It’s regarded as one of the great cuisines of the world – indeed it gave us the word cuisine, and common restaurant terms such as entree, and had a profound influence of cooking around the world.

French gastronomy also set the culinary benchmarks chefs study to learn their craft.

Even the world restaurant comes from the French word “restaurer” meaning to “to restore or refresh” as well as the very notion itself.

With that in mind, here are 10 classic French dishes everyone should try at least once and where you can find them in Sydney.

Escargot at Restaurant Hubert

Escargot XO on le piano

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What is it? Roasted snails with Hubert XO (spicy seafood) sauce & Hubert baguette.

How much? $26

15 Bligh St
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9232 0881

Pate at The Little Snail

What is it? Armagnac flavoured duck liver pate with marinated champignons (mushrooms), date chutney and port vinaigrette.

How much? $62 as part of a 3-course dinner.

50 Murray Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009
02 9212 7512

Souffle at Felix Bistro

What is it? Twice-baked Gruyere soufflé with (onion) sauce and watercress.

How much? $22

2 Ash Street
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9114 7303

Beef tartare at Le Petit Flot

What is it? Raw wagyu steak with egg yolk and anchovy toast.

Tip: break the egg yolk, mix it with the steak and scoop it up with the crunchy toast bites.

How much? $20.

L2, 97 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
02 8222 1270

Foie gras at Bistrot Gavroche

What is it? Pan-seared duck liver with quince chutney.

How much? $28.

L1, The Old Rum Store
2 – 10 Kensington St
Chippendale NSW 2008
02 9281 6668

Cassoulet at Bistro Papillon

What is it? A pork and bean stew with confit duck leg and Toulouse sausage.

How much? $40.

98 Clarence St
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9262 2402

Steak frites with Cafe de Paris butter at Bistro Moncur

What is it? Grilled sirloin steak with herbed butter and French fries (to be fair to the Swiss, the dish was originally created in 1941 at Restaurant Café de Paris in Geneva, but is now widely considered a “French” classic).

How much? $48.

116A Queen St
Woollahra NSW 2025
02 9327 9713

Crepes Suzette at Four Frogs Creperie

What is it? Crepes Suzette: Crepes with orange segments, candied orange zest, orange caramel sauce and Grand Marnier liqueur.

How much? La simple (one crepe): $19, la double (two crepes): $23

Circular Quay, Mosman, Randwick, Lane Cove

Profiteroles at Bistro Guillame

What is it? Round, flaky choux pastry filled with custard, served with vanilla bean ice cream and warm chocolate sauce.

How much? $20

259 George St
Sydney NSW 2000
02 8622 9555

Creme caramel at La Grillade


What is it? Caramel custard drizzled with a caramel sauce.

How much? $19.

118 Alexander St
Crows Nest NSW 2065
02 9439 3707