Recently relaunched, Quartier Sydney is situated on the mezzanine level of Quay West Suites in the Rocks. Thoughtful decor and design with soft French lounge music, easy service and quietness will take you away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney.
The menu is solely French classic dishes and what sets Quartier apart is that they're taken seriously with lightness, delicateness and attention - this is what nouvelle cuisine was all about. It's a reminder of how good French classics can be when treated with respect and care.
French onion soup with gruyere croutons serves to show how this dish originally became such a classic. The onions are finely sliced, sweet and delicate; paired with homemade stock and the barest hint of herbs. This is a light and delicate soup unlike many of its stodgy brethren. Confit duck with confit garlic, mustard remoulade and sauce pistou gives us a generous amount of duck meat that's been confited properly. With the addition of the remoulade and pistou, this dish has multiple flavours and interest which could be overpowering if done heavily, which this is not. As it's served with kiplers it'd make for an ideal lunch dish.
PSST. The small and interesting wine list has all options by the glass in two sizes too.