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Armorica

You'll find seafood towers, steak frites and an expansive wine list at this Crown Street French bistro.
By Ben Hansen
November 24, 2023
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By Ben Hansen
November 24, 2023
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Sydney has no shortage of French diners. But even a wave of new Parisian restaurants hasn't seen restauranteur Andrew Becher shy away from his love for rich French cuisine, opening Armorica Grande Brasserie in 2023.

The Surry Hills spot is Becher's second venue in this style to accompany Potts Point's Franca. The 150-seat restaurant is located in the former home of Toko after it relocated to the CBD late in 2022.

Under the guidance of the Armorica crew, the digs have been transformed into a lavish French-influenced dining space with timber detailed ceilings, European oak joinery, brass gantries and an open kitchen centred around a custom-built grill.

The grill is put to full use at Armorica, with plenty of fire-heavy dishes that utilise top Australian produce to create classic northern French feeds. From steak frites and aged pork cutlet to grilled rock lobster and whole chicken served with chicken skin and thyme gravy, you'll be left impressed — and full —  from the grill menu.

Pair those dishes from the grill with Head Chef Jose Saulog's vibrant delights from the sea and land, including highlights from a raw menu and a selection of pasta. Expect slow-roasted duck rigatoni, coral trout crudo, foie gras torchon, and an outlandish seafood tower featuring oysters, prawn cocktails, octopus roulade and rock lobster.

All of this exquisite produce needs to be matched by an equally high-quality wine list, of course, and Armorica is coming to the table with a 400-strong vino program focused on traditional winemakers creating exceptionally drinkable drops.

Plus, there are also plenty of sweets on offer. Group Executive Chef Travin DeHoedt has created five signature desserts to round out your meal including the signature Armorica chocolate bar, made with Valrhona chocolate mousse, salted caramel and choc chip cookie. An absolute treat.

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