July 14th, Bastille Day. It’s when we recognise that the French have brought us an incredible array of culinary delights, an appreciation for wine and the most beautiful language in the world, just ripe to be butchered by an Australian accent. Yes, they’re gracious are the French, because if they knew how we treated their phrasebook, surely they’d boycott ever sharing their recipes with us again.
Fortunately though, the waiters on Bastille Day have honed their pronunciation and know exactly how to get your mouth-watering before the plate even hits the table. That’s right, this is another national day that our great southern land uses as an excuse to eat and drink. Here’s are the places you simply must go to get your fill of the finest menu’s available:
2KW, 2 King William Rd with its amazing French wine list and delectable menu, are putting on a show for Bastille Day. With two options, a $70 Tasting Menu, or $140 with wine pairing, it promises to be a treat for foodies and those who love the finer things in life. You can choose lunch, or dinner, so there’s no need to rush. Nestled on top of 1 King William Road, their restaurant delivers an incredible view of the city, and their central fireplace keeps everyone toasty, even on the coldest Winter Day. Sounds like a great way to spend a day!
View The 2KW Bastille Day Menu.
Chianti., 160 Hutt St. French by name and nature, this bastion of the Adelaide food scene is putting on the ultimate Bastille Day experience, and at $220 per head and now sadly sold out. They also maintain the tradition brought forward from Mistress Augustine’s (closed so many years ago) where one lucky guest takes home the original menu artwork. Because they never want to spoil the surprise of the menu cover,you won’t know the full menu artwork until the day, when they publish it on the Chianti Facebook.
(At the original time of publication, tickets were still available. Still, worth remembering for next year!)
Adelaide Central Market, Gouger St – A fête nationale: today the Market will be hosting a FREE cooking demonstration with Valerie Henbest from The Smelly Cheese Shop, FREE product tastings at Gouger Dining from 11.30am – 1.30pm and keep your eye out for our wonderful accordionist Maurice, treating the Market to some traditional French tunes.
Discover all the offerings here.
Madame Hanoi., North Terrace. The contrast between the Vietnamese influences; fresh flavours and the balance of sweet, savory and sour, to the rich, deep French flavours makes this menu unmissable. We were so in love with the menu, we previewed it just the other week. Each of the 4 courses is paired with French wines and French inspired cocktails and at $95 per head.
Book Your Madame Hanoi table.
Cliche Exhibition, 26 O’Connell St. Bastille Day is a casual affair at Cliche, without the bells and whistles. They will be hosting a live French Accordion player for the occasion, but really, you should just go for the Beef Cheeks. Every time.
Grab A Spot At Cliche.
Arbeaumont Champagne. Sure, you could crack a bottle of Veuve, or Moet, or GH Mumm for Bastille Day. But you shouldn’t. Here’s why. Arbeaumont are an Adelaide-based Champagne company, who produce their wines from a single vineyard, family owned, sixth generation Champagne house situated 3km south of Epernay. They handcraft the classic styles of French Champagne; Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, and age them on lees for 36 months.
So you can enjoy traditional French Champagne while supporting an outstanding local family run business. Simply put, there are no excuses not to.
To celebrate Bastille Day and all things French, we’ve also found some much-loved French stationery brands that are on sale for 24 hours.