Bastille Day 2014: French festivities around Sydney

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Modern Parisian-chic at Yellow in Potts Point.
Modern Parisian-chic at Yellow in Potts Point. Photo: Fiona Morris


A Bastille Day dinner at Yellow? Tres Bien! Chef Brent Savage has designed a six-course dinner for Monday July 14 at Potts Point's favourite bistro. Expect Parisian bistro classics like beef tartare with shaved radish, egg yolk and mustard, and Aylesbury duck a l'orange (it's not Bastille Day without duck a l'orange). The dinner is priced at $80 and for an extra $65 Nick Hildebrandt has matched each dish with some knock-out French wines. Bookings are highly recommended.

Laduree is launching a new macaron flavour for Bastille Day.
Laduree is launching a new macaron flavour for Bastille Day. Photo: Jennifer Soo

Yellow, 57 Macleay St Potts Point, 9332 2344,


Don't wait until Monday to wave the Tricolore, though. Ananas has a champagne brunch on Sunday July 13 for $65 a head. Much feasting, dancing and French champagne is promised. Additionally, if you've keen for a picnic on Bastille Day proper then Ananas will take you on a trip from Paris to Bordeaux in a picnic basket. $100 will score you a gourmet hamper filled with duck liver and Armagnac parfait, chicken and snail ballotine, lobster and apple brioche and many more high-fat, high-fun delights.

Ananas, 18 Argyle St The Rocks, 9259 5668,

Bishop Sessa

Bishop Sessa in Surry Hills has both lunch and dinner options for Bastille Day, July 14. Dinner is five courses for $80 ($130 with matched wines) and at lunch you can grab one, two, or three courses for $45-$65 with a glass of French plonk. It all depends on how much time you can steal away from the office, really. The dinner menu features beef bourguignon with black truffle mash. Few dishes are be better suited to a mid-July evening indoors.


Bishop Sessa, 527 Crown St Surry Hills, 8065 7223,


If you're up for French decadence on Bastille Day but not keen to commit to a full lunch or dinner, then Laduree at Sydney Westfield might be up your Parisian alley. It's a perfect spot to take an afternoon flight to France with a glass of Moet and a macaron. Laduree is releasing the all-new Marie Antoinette macaron in celebration of Bastille Day. The premium petit four marries Chinese and Indian black tea with notes of rose, citrus and honey. C'est magnifique.

Laduree Westfield Sydney, Cnr Market St and Pitt St Mall Sydney, 9231 0491,

The School at Roseberry

For any petit enfants around the house keen to know more about French cuisine, The School at Rosebery has a French 101 class at 10am on Sunday July 13. Aimed at Monsieurs and Mademoiselles age 5-11, kids will learn croissant appreciation and identification, French knitting, and the language of French cafes with teacher Flore Vallery-Radot. The organisers are happy to point out that this will be a cronut free zone. Tickets are $45 and you will need to book online.

The School, 85 Dunning Ave Rosebery, 9693 2783,