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Three Ways To Make The Most Of Winter In Sydney

Want to explore Sydney this winter? Whether you're a local or one of the more than 30 million people who visit 'the Emerald City of Oz' each year, we've got the best things to see and do to make the most of the season. So rug up and get out there!

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A Modern Day Guide To Fine Dining Etiquette

Table manners have been around for centuries, though they’ve change with the times. We are no longer required to butter one row of corn on a cob at a time and serviettes don’t always have to be in swan form. Brush up on your own etiquette skills with our top tips.

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French Restaurants in Sydney

As one of Australia’s most worldly cities, Sydney has long been open to influences from around the world, including a wide range of tasty cuisines and great French restaurants. You could be enjoying the best of this city’s many locally owned French restaurants for less, with savings from Groupon.

With Groupon’s daily discounts and deals you could be:

  • Enjoying a three-course French meal for two in a top restaurant, with a bottle of wine
  • Indulging in a six-course French tasting menu with friends
  • Sampling a range of sweet and savoury crepes
  • Experiencing traditional French dining in a bistro

Don’t forget to regularly check Groupon for the best deals and offers on French cuisine and dining offers in Sydney. See what the most popular options are by looking at customer reviews and get in on the action before they’re all gone. You could even use Groupon to help you (re)discover the city’s thriving, vibrant restaurant scenes with a gastronomic tour.

Sampling French cuisine in Sydney

French cuisine can sometimes be a little daunting to a newcomer, but we’re on hand to point you in the right direction so that you can enjoy the best French dining experience while making some savings with Groupon.

Circular Quay is a gateway to Sydney, connecting visitors to such attractions as Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks. The Quay also hosts some of the city’s best bars and restaurants, such as Restaurant Hubert, which has been causing waves with its French-inspired cuisine since opening. Another great local choice in Sydney, and the city’s longest established French restaurant is the charmingly named The Little Snail. As the name suggests, this establishment specialises in traditional French cuisine. With its prix fixe menu and great wine list, this restaurant has been a favourite in Sydney for over 50 years.

Classic French cuisine has been around for centuries and is in no danger of losing its popularity. Little wonder given the rich range of delicious flavours the French menu has to offer. Imagine having a rich French onion soup for a starter, or your entrée, with the unique taste of this soup coming from the caramelisation of the onions. Snails are a unique way to begin your French meal, being perfect for soaking the flavours of rich sauces.

For mains, French cuisine boasts some of the best methods to cook meats – like succulent boeuf bourguignon, the result of hours of careful slow cooking, the preparation being key to this great French meal. Fish is another specialty, with such innovative techniques as cooking en papilotte to seal the flavours in. Sydney’s coastal location makes it a natural larder for seafood and the perfect place to indulge in some locally caught fish.

Slow cooking (or sous vide) is a cooking philosophy in France, the best way to capture the natural flavours offered by the finest produce. The French dining experiences can be long, leisurely, and indulgent, with a bottle of wine or two to accompany those sumptuous three courses. But we don’t all have the time in our busy lives to indulge in a multi-course meal most days of the week, so grabbing some pastries or enjoying crêpes at a brasserie is a great way to enjoy the quality of French food while on the go (and anytime we have a deal on crêpes it’s incredibly popular).

Learning the lingo

Sydney is home to many French restaurants and Francophile food outlets, ranging from pocket-sized patisseries dealing in flaky pleasure, brasseries serving up classic flavours, and artful bistros with waterside vistas. But how do you choose between a bistro, a brasserie, and a restaurant? There’s some confusion in English-speaking parts over the meanings of these terms. Basically, bistros and brasseries are very similar establishments. A bistro and a brasserie are both essentially café bars serving a range of traditional French food. Both are more informal and more low-key than a French restaurant, but normally, a brasserie will be open longer and later and have a larger menu.

Wherever you choose to dine at a bistro, brasserie or restaurant, Sydney has all bases covered for a French dining experience, and Groupon has lots of deals and discounts on offer - all you have to do is say ‘Oui’.