Frenchies Bistro & Brewery
The Cannery, 6/61 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery NSW
There’s nothing quite like the power of food and travel to bring people together. Picture this: two French men wandering Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula during a two-month 700km adventure, planning how to open a French restaurant in Sydney.
Named after its two French founders, Chef Thomas Cauqil and Brewer Vincent de Soyres, Frenchies opened its doors in mid-August. The pair met in Paris in 2005, and now that they both call Australia home, have endeavoured to bring their flair for French gastronomy and brewing to the Australian market. Tom, bringing his expertise gained in kitchens across Paris and Sydney, and Vince applying his award-winning brewing skills, Frenchies has developed as an equal part bistro and brewery that complements one another with style and sophistication that only a pair of Frenchies could pull off.
On the bistro side of things, Tom takes care of a seasonal menu that changes regularly according to new inspiration. It is heavily influenced by traditional French cuisine, like the truffle egg brouillade or pan fried barbounia with olive oil potato purée, capers and a tangy lemon thyme butter. Desserts maintain that glamourous French flair, with options like a fragrant orange blossom pannacotta or caramelised brioche with mandarin sorbet in the mix.
The downstairs bar is where the pair’s magic really starts to come alive, as you order nibbles from Tom’s carefully curated menu alongside Vince’s brews, one after another. Order a selection of cured meats, cheeses and terrine with a pint of German style east drinking Kolsch. Vince is armed with two colossal brewing tanks and five vats that are constantly on the go, producing an endless selection of European inspired beers. You’ll find something a little more Aussie in the Red the Rye Dog brew, made from all-Australian hops, malt and years, that captures the essence of Australia and its heaving beer culture in just one brew. If beer doesn’t tickle your fancy, a selection of French wines, cognacs and champagne will be flowing too, so there’s always something new to be lapped up.
Tom and Vince have tapped into something good here, with contemporary French food, top notch beer and a trendy new hangout in an up-and-coming Sydney suburb – it sounds like a recipe for success.