Where to get your French on for Bastille Day | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to get your French on for Bastille Day

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Dust off your beret and slip on your best stripes—with Bastille Day fast approaching, it’s high time to make like Ratatouille and embrace your inner Francophile.

Don’t macaron choice this July 14! We have stormed (read: eaten our way through) every French-inspired offering to develop a list of the very best places to celebrate all things from the city of love.

Without further ado, l’escargot!

EMPORIUM HOTEL | SOUTH BANK

Celebrate all things that give you that certain joie de vivre with a champagne breakfast at The Emporium Hotel’s Parisian inspired cafe, Belle Epoque. Diners can enjoy a luxe petit déjeuner featuring freshly baked pastries, decadent smoked salmon with crème fraiche, and a delectable Persian fetta omelette. Don’t fill up yet, though! The crème de la crème of the morning will be sipping on a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne, one of France’s most historic champagnes.

If a picnic in the surrounding parklands tickles your fancy, drop by to take away a selection of house-made sweet treats, such as multi-coloured macarons, croissants, pastries and desserts.

For just $65 per person, head to their website to secure your place now.

BRISBANE RACING CLUB | EAGLE FARM

Still dreaming of the city of love? Swap the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower for Eagle Farm’s twinkling fig trees and enjoy Un Soir En France with the Brisbane Racing Club. For $155 per person, be prepared to liberate your belt buckle as you indulge in three gorgeous courses, featuring slow braised beef cheek with truffle mash, duckling pâté on brioche, and a traditional crêpe suzette. With live music and a flambé demonstration, you’d be as silly as a (camembert) wheel to say non to these celebrations! Grab tickets here.

LA CACHE A VIN | SPRING HILL 

If your idea of victory is a five-course deluxe French dinner and champagne, then you’ll be in Louvre at La Cache a Vin. Tucked away in a cosy, restored cellar, their extensive range of Burgundies, liqueurs and cognacs and will have you saying ‘ooh la la!’ – unsurprising as the venue name translates to ‘a stash of wine’. La vie est tres belle at Spring Hill.

AQUITAINE | SOUTH BANK

 Better practice rolling those ‘rs’ as you embark on a culinary tour of France this Bastille Day. With a long-standing reputation for fine food and magnificent wines, experience the delightful taste of Versailles, Nice, Montrachet, and many more iconic regions at Aquitaine without needing to leave your seat or waterfront views (winner!). For $89 per person, don’t mime us (or go right ahead!) as we tuck into confit free range pork belly with caramelized apple puree, truffled french toast, and classic crème brûlée. Bon appetit!

CITY WINERY | FORTITUDE VALLEY

Calling all Francophiles! Storm the gates and stuff yourself silly with an exclusive, French-inspired, five-course degustation and belle curated wine menu. After all, it wouldn’t be a proper French celebration without indulging in all things buttery, creamy and saucy, which is exactly what City Winery promises. For $150 per person, dine amongst wine barrels whilst you indulge in sumptuous morsels of Parisian delights all evening long–this micro-winery will be delivering nothing but grande flavours!

MONTRACHET | BOWEN HILLS 

With over a decade of decadence fueling their divine Parisian creations, Montrachet’s rich timbers and luxe interiors will transport you right to the heart of a charming Parisian brasserie. Whether you prefer a three- or five-course dining experience (the more the merrier though!), celebrate France’s day of independence as you sip on Laurent Perrier Champagne and enjoy incredible live music. You’ll know all the words to La Marseillaise before you know it!

LUTÈCE | BARDON

Excusez-moi, Bardon my French. Lutèce won’t be taking mercy on your waistlines this Bastille Day, offering guests a divine three-course menu complemented with perfectly paired French wines. Sip and socialise as you enjoy their expansive menu, featuring quail, savoy, and Manjimup black truffle pie, or braised lamb shoulder with red peppers, thyme, gnocchi and fava. Don’t say au revoir before you’ve satisfied your sweet tooth though–swap your pain au chocolat for their delectable chocolate tart souffle or authentic crème brûlée.

Vive la France! And vive la French foodie scene.

Words by Jane Bartley
- the gourmet who'd be happy with a croissant.