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Bistro Papillon, Sydney

Our friend, the traveler, M, is back from London for a bit. It has almost been two or three years since we last saw her, so I was glad to hear that she was in town for a bit. I suggested that I round up the crew for dinner, somewhere in the city, as almost everyone works in the city.

I have seen this place many times now, on the bus when I visit my parents place. Bistro Papillon can be found on Clarence Street, Wynyard. The restaurant looks absolutely adorable from the outside, and it sure is! It’s a small French bistro, no more than 40 people I would say. Its cozy, warm and great for a romantic dinner, although it did get very loud the night we were there, so not sure how romantic it would be.

Bistro Papillon is owned by two Frenchmen, Xavier, who works the Front of House and Ludovic, the man in the kitchen who has worked many years as a chef in France, England and now Australia.

It was a full house on a Thursday evening and thankfully I had made a reservation. None of us wanted entrées, athough the homemade duck liver parfait sounded awesome, so we all went straight to mains.

The Traveler, M, had Supreme de Caille an Poivre Vert ($31) – roasted quail breast wrapped in pancetta with green peppercorn and mushroom sauce. The quail was delectably succulent, the green peppercorn and mushroom sauce was rich and creamy but delicious.

‘The Mother’ had the specials, Boeuf Bourguignon ($31) – classic beef stew with red wine, carrots, onions, thyme and garlic served with homemade spaetzle. The beef was tender, you could definitely taste the red wine and it was wonderful. The spaetzle, which is a type of egg noodle was different, but tasty – I don’t think I have eaten anything quite like it. ‘The Mother’ demolished this, so I can safely assume that he enjoyed it.

B, had the Filet de Boeuf Sauce Marchand de Vin ($35) – pan fried beef eye fillet with eschallots and red wine sauce which came with a side of dauphinois potato gratin. It was a small serving but served medium rare, the beef just melted in your mouth.

The dauphinois potato gratin was excellent, creamy and tender potatoes – YUM!

Our friend, K, opted for the Fricassee d’Agneau au Citron Confit ($31) – sauteed lamb rump with tomatoes, black olives, preserved lemon and salsa verde. K is pregnant, and asked for the sauce to be separated, which they did and were very accommodating. I didn’t try any of this, but she said that it was ‘very good and thoroughly enjoyed it’.

I also picked something from the specials – confit de canard ($34) – roast confit of duck leg served with a green lentil ragout and bordelaise sauce. The confit duck leg was wonderful, crispy skin and tender duck meat which just fell off the bone. The green lentil ragout was rich and extremely filling! Unfortunately I didn’t finish all the lentils, it was just too much but the confit duck leg was fantastic!

‘The Mother’ and I decided to share a dessert – he LOVES crème brulee. With a spoon, I tapped the crème brulee and it cracked. It definitely passed the ‘crack test’ and the custard was creamy, rich and absolutely perfect!

M opted for a scoop of raspberry sorbet, I didn’t get a photo of this, but M certainly enjoyed it.

Bistro Papillon also offers set lunches (3 courses for $50) and set dinners (3 courses for $65). Will definitely have to try one of their set meals one day. The service was friendly and welcoming. Overall, food was excellent and I would be more than happy to come back and try their other dishes.

It was a wonderful evening with friends, it’s always great catching up with old friends, and we look forward to seeing you again shortly M!

GA’s Ratings: 7.5 / 10

‘The Mothers’ ratings: 7 / 10

Bistro Papillon

98 Clarence Streey

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 9262 2402

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  1. March 8, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Everything looks rich, and even a bit heavy… I ❤ anything with lentils though…

  2. March 8, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Great looking French food! I can’t go past the lovely canard though. Mmmm.

  3. August 10, 2013 at 2:38 am

    The boeuf bourguignon looks lovely – its such a great comfort food. I sadly couldn’t resist the duck (a bit like you)!

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