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Sunday 15 October 2023

Japanese chef offers a taste of France in Sydney


Classic French food appears to be making a comeback in Australia.

The latest French-accented opening is Charlotte Bar & Bistro in the Sydney harbourside suburb of McMahons Point.

The press release gushes enthusiastically: "Guests will be transported to a timeless space boasting European charm which embodies Azabu Group’s commitment to creating exceptional dining experiences that resonate with a legacy of excellence and innovation."

Hmm.

Charlotte Bar & Bistro is helmed by French influenced head chef Hiroshi Manaka (ex LuMi), who has worked in several top European eateries.


“Charlotte Bar & Bistro is extremely special," he says.

"We have crafted a menu that pays homage to the rich culinary traditions of French cuisine while infusing our own unique touch. 

"Each dish is a work of art, meticulously prepared to offer a truly unrivalled dining experience. We invite our guests to embark on a culinary journey with us, where every dish is a revelation of flavour and passion."

The menu offers classic French dishes including tarte provençale, paté de foie de volaille, steak frites aux champignons, ris de veau for the more adventurous, and a delicious-sounding lobster ravoli dish. 

A banquet menu for a minimum of four people for $89 per person looks a great deal. 

There is an enticing dessert list and the cheese selection includes Beaufort, Comté, Brillat Savarin, Sainte-Maure de Touraine, Époisses and Fourme d’Ambert. 

There's also a very strong wine list with some excellent selections under Coravin. A glass of 2018 Jean-Luc Jamet Côte Rôtie Terrasses anyone? 

Charlotte can seat up to 120 guests across several spaces with The Terrace described as an "outdoor space reimagined to the coastline of the French Riviera". Which sounds a little unlikely.

You can book at https://www.charlottebarbistro.com.au/


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