Frenchies Bistro and Brewery has opened in the Sydney suburb of Rosebery, cementing the inner city area as a hub for food and drink. Located within The Cannery sitting alongside neighbours such as Archie Rose Distillery, Black Star Pastry and Three Blue Ducks amongst others. Frenchies is the brainchild of chef Thomas Cauquil and brewer Vincent de Soyres, two Frenchman who call Australia home. The duo met in Paris at hospitality school in 2005, and for a long time wanted to open a venue where they can adapt their approach to the Australian taste.
The two-level venue houses Frenchies brewery downstairs, with a 40 seat Parisian bistro upstairs. Vince’s father has handcrafted tabletops, bar and floor from French Oak with the wood gathered from his own forest in the Loire Valley. The downstairs brewery bar will feature eight beers on tap, ranging from a German-style easy drinking Kölsch to an Old World IPA made with European hops, as well as a beer that pays homage to Australia, Rye the Red Dog, an ale made with Aussie hops, malt and yeast.
In addition to beer, Frenchies offers a range of Australian and French wines, as well as a couple of rare Cognacs, including Lhedaurd Cognac 1971 Grand Champagne and a limited edition 1904 vintage, that is one of only a handful of bottles remaining in the world.
Cauquil’s approach to the food menu will focus around seasonal cuisine, with dishes reflective of available produce and his creative inspiration, drawn from his experience from working places such as Michelin starred El Cheflan in Madrid, Le Violon d’Ingres in Paris as well as Sydney venues, Moxhe, Harry’s Bondi and Flat Rock Brew Café. The bar menu available downstairs is designed pair with Frenchies beers featuring charcuterie, smoked fish and cheese boards.
While the food menu will change based on available ingredients, de Soyres will also create seasonal beer blends, and to kick off proceedings is offering a golden spring beer entitled Laperouse, named after the French sailor who traveled from Kamchatcka, Russia to Australian shores.
Frenchies Bistro & Brewery
The Cannery, 6/61-71 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery, Sydney