Frenchies Brasserie Restaurant provides a magnificent French dining experience in Sydney, and they also have another Restaurant in QLD at Noosa. We visited their restaurant at Elanora Heights on Sydney’s Northern Braches. The Restaurant is headed by French-born chef Jeremy Pace who has prepared an amazing menu which is matched by a quality drinks list.
The menu provides plenty of classic French dishes and some modern additions, allowing the chefs to explore their creative side, with chef Jeremy delivering perfection with each and every dish. This high quality also continues with the service offered at the table.
Frenchies Brasseries offer a flexible set menu, where you select your preference from a range of entrees, mains and desserts, with three courses costing $69 which we feel is excellent value for money.
We begin with extra add on, the amuse-Bouche, which on this occasion was a little duck liver parfait ginger bread, presented as a decadent mini round sandwich, the rich parfait combining nicely with sweetness of the gingerbread.
For the entrees, we opt for one of our favourite French classics, the cheese soufflé. Frenchies version is a blue cheese soufflé. It is perfectly cooked and served in a mini pan and as it arrives at the table it is still sizzling, retaining its warmth and amazing flavour. It is a bitter creamy delight, pairing well with the apple walnut salad and a nice glass of sparkling.
In addition, we choose the octopus terrine. The octopus is delicious, having boiled down nicely, the meatyness of the octopus very apparent and presented in a beautifully mosaic patterned. It is lovely and refreshing, served with a capsicum sauce, and light greens.
For the mains, it was hard to select, with the likes of a fish pie, and classic French prepared steak, however we are extremely happy with our selections; lamb and fish.
The lamb was beautifully fragrant, you can smell the rosemary and the aroma from the jus. The lamb was perfectly cooked, blushing pink, and incredibly tender, when cutting into it, it was like a hot knife through butter. The meat is seasoned well and served atop of caramelised onion, peas and broad beans, a perfect match.
The fish was a snapper and just delightful in presentation as well as taste. The pretty dish saw a large portion of snapper, perfectly cooked and served with an amazing mix of confit fennel, caramelised and sitting in a mussel saffron emulsion scattered with jewels of fish roe and a scattering of plump mussels.
We also had a side of broccolini, topped with an anchovy dressing and roasted almond slithers. Whilst anchovy is not always everyone’s cup of tea, the flavour was intense in a good way and incredibly moreish, and definitely enjoyable for us.
Before dessert the staff brought us a palate cleanser. We tries a sample of one of their desserts; a coconut foam, which was light and airy, with a nice silky texture and served atop some mango.
Dessert wise, classic French desserts are available like their creme brûlée or chocolate fondant. But who could ever go past an Apple tarte tartin. There was definitely food envy when this arrived at the table. It is a rusticly beautiful dessert, with generous portions of poached apple, riding on the the puff pastry base. This is by far one of the best we’ve had!
The Frenchies Paris Brest has got to be the pièce de résistance of the meal. The choux pastry was so light and crisp, disintegrating on mouth contact, the praline cream had an amazing texure, buttery and silky, a pleasure to eat and a great finish to the meal. It was also nice to hear the history of this dessert named after a famous cycling race from Paris to Brest, this delicious pastry providing needed calories, no better way to refuel.
We thoroughly recommend Frenchies Brasserie. Whilst we have alread sung praise of the food, the dining experience was further enhanced by manager and front of house Muriel, who does a superb job, ensuring that everyone was welcome and all is running smoothly. Muriel and her team provided a high level of service with great personality. The experience wonderful from start to finish.
The restaurant itself occupies a large space and it is very French chic. The western wall of the Restaurant is mirrored which provides depth to the room and works well with the hanging chandeliers. On the eastern wall, we love the touch of wine crates checkered as the decor. Frenchies has a mix of long and small tables, with different arrangements available to suit your dining party. There are also a number of outdoor tables and heaters for those that like to dine alfresco.
There is also a nice ambiance with a bit of chatter and some low background music.
Kudos also goes to the locals who realise the quality of this restaurant and have supported Frenchies Brasserie through tough times brought about by COVID.
As a result, Frenchies has continued to offer Cook at Home packs and have just announced a special Canapes Pack – great for those summer parties!
3/54 Kalang Road, Elanora Heights