The Frenchies Bistro & Brewery venue had been in the works for a while by the time it opened in August 2017.
The Frenchies beer label had been contract and gypsy brewing around the city, sporadically releasing bottles of a core lineup.
Opening the doors to their French inspired eatery in Rosebery marked a leap forward in achieving what the French brewer/chef duo want for the brand.
Inside Rosebery’s Cannery, near Archie Rose Distilling and The Drink Hive, you’ll find their bistro. It may well be the gleaming stainless steel tanks that first catch your eye. Nestled down one side of the venue, the fermenters provide not only a point of interest for diners and passers-by but a conversation piece and a means of setting expectations.
The menu is, as you’d expect, French bistro cuisine. There’s a seasonal approach to the preparations so things may change throughout the year but beef tartare, pâté en croûte, steaks and hearty vegetables are the type of dishes you’ll find on the menu.
Wine features prominently on the drinks list as it should in any French restaurant but Frenchies really taps into how their countrymen do beer so well. Long but simple lunches with a cool refreshing beer is at the heart of French beer culture. Beer is seen a complement to the food but something that if lacking would render the meal incomplete.
The styles that Frenchies brew are varied. Their interpretation of a classic Kölsch will surely prove popular and the Old World IPA will intrigue a few. The Lapérouse bier de garde they bottle adds some Gallic flair to the list and will pique the interest of those with a knowledge of the style.
Considering the fact that the beer and food menus are meant to complement one another, it’s natural that there’s room on the list for guest beers so as to achieve a range of styles. There are taps for other Sydney breweries and on opening, local favourites Wayward, Akasha and Wildflower featured on the bottle list.
It plays into the collaborative spirit we see in the Australian beer scene but it’s also just a damn smart move when it comes to constructing a sophisticated and rounded drinks list. That’s something that Frenchies has certainly achieved.
Sit Back, Slow Down
The venue itself sits across two levels, with a bar opposite the brew kit on the lower level and a mezzanine dining floor that looks out over The Cannery. Downstairs is for those who want to be in the thick of the action, seeing the light reflect off the tanks, and hearing the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. Upstairs is for sitting back, slowing down and people watching.
At time time of Frenchies launch, The Cannery is still establishing itself as a destination. For beer loving foodies, it’s worth a visit. The two Frenchies, as owners Vincent De Soyres and Thomas Cauquil confess to being known throughout their careers, have nailed what they intended, marrying seasonal French bistro cuisine with accessible and culinary-inspired beers.
Hours: Sun-Mon: 12pm-5pm, Tues-Sat: 12pm-11pm
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