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Eating with the AU: Le Pub's new menu - CBD (Sydney)

Sydney loves a good food trend. That’s why the focus on tradition at Le Pub is so refreshing. From its sultry Paris bistro basement setting to its dishes that are some of the mainstays of French cuisine the restaurant offers enjoyment in the tried and tested prepared with excellence.

From a cocktail list of classics my guest and I started with an old fashioned ($16.50) and a French 75 ($16.50) – both excellent.

To start we went with Escargots de Bourgogne snails ($24) cooked with garlic and fresh herb butter, a fun and simple starter. If, like me, you’ve never had them before they’re well worth trying especially with the crispy baguette slices provided.

Four Oysters Rockerfeller ($4.50 ea) baked with Pernod butter, parsley and brioche crumbs were another good decision, light and flavoursome.

Continuing the theme with our mains we had the L’entrecote ($32) – a 220g Scotch Fillet cooked perfectly medium rare and served with pepper sauce and classic fries – and Carré de porc ($26). We also added a nice side of cauliflower and kale ($9) with a herb sauce.

Where the steak played it straight down the middle the pork – succulent and with an amazingly light and crispy crackling – tried something a little different, a swirl of carrot puree with roasted pepper and apple and fig vin cotto playing up the sweet and sour.

With our mains we went with a bottle of the earthy and surprisingly striking Le Chat Noir pinot noir ($49) which was suggested to accompany the Schotch Fillet and did not disappoint.

For dessert we opted for the Gaufre Belge ($16) – Belgian waffles with chocolate, hazlenuts, raspberries & vanilla bean ice cream. Despite not much feeling like something sweet one taste of the delicious chocolate sauce changed my mind.

And to finish, what would a French dinner be without a cheese board? (Well, a French dinner, but still...). The quality Fromages ($22) – Normandy Coeur de lion blue brie, Loire Valley Boursault triple cream, and Franche-Comté Charles Arnaud comté – served with quince paste, grapes and breads exemplified that quintessentially French concept of slow food – eating considerately, enjoying good produce with a glass of wine and conversation. It was the perfect way to let the evening wind down.

Executive Chef Ronny Ghantous has aimed to bring the simplicity and robust flavours of Parisian cooking to Sydney’s pub food scene and he’s hit the mark. On top of the classic dishes it does so well, Le Pub has an impressive French and Australian wine list along with imported French and Belgian beers. You could just as easily knock off work for a Leffe as immerse yourself in a full French meal and pretend you’re hidden under a Parisian pavement eating the night away.

Le Pub

Address: Basement, 66 King St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: 0405 100 444
Website: www.lepub.com.au
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 10am – midnight | Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 3am |Sunday: midday – 9pm