Au revoir: Philippe Valet's La Brasserie is closing.
Au revoir: Philippe Valet's La Brasserie is closing. Photo: Domino Postiglione

Sydney is set to lose a little corner of Paris tucked away in Darlinghurst, with Philippe Valet's La Brasserie closing next month. Its combination of leather banquettes, bordello-red walls and dark wood is so transporting that The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide described La Brasserie "as French as Gerard Depardieu". Owner Philippe Valet couldn't be reached, but staff at the restaurant confirmed the Crown Street eatery will close its doors on September 7.

Despite fluctuating reviews in recent years, it remained a favourite of many, including former prime ministers and business figures who enjoyed its discreet setting. While French food has taken a back seat in recent times to other cuisine, there's a glimmer of hope for La Brasserie's fans. Word is they are hunting for a city site.