Chef Clement Chauvin and co-owner/Sommelier Abel Bariller (both ex-Sage Dining Rooms) are the team behind Les Bistronomes, a dash of French tradition in the lively Braddon dining precinct.
Exposed brick and a wall full of wine complement the dark-wood tables and upholstered chairs, creating a convivial salon atmosphere for larger groups or a date night for two. There’s an open street-side space too for balmy summer nights.
What better way to enjoy freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters from Merimbula than with a glass of zesty Languedoc Picpoul de Pinet – one of the best wine matches to a briny oyster? For a fresh vegetarian option, try the in-season, tender asparagus set in a pool of hollandaise fragrantly enhanced by a hint of lavender. For mains, the whole New Zealand lemon sole is enrobed with a parsley beurre blanc and punctuated with the bursting sweetness of baby spring vegetables. The menu changes regularly so expect daily specials depending on what’s market fresh.
PSST! If you have time to spare, consider the 30-minute pre-order shared mains of ash-crusted duck à l’orange, Black Angus chateaubriand or beef Wellington.