We love that The Rocks is being revitalised with new hotspots popping up this year, however, the old hands shouldn’t be overlooked. Right on time, the recently refurbished Quartier restaurant is perfect for those looking for top notch French fare without too much frou frou.
Walk up the sweeping staircase at the Quay West suites to the mezzanine level. You’ll be greeted at the lounge bar with a warm smile and a cold drink by the effervescent Queta, who has been proudly providing hospitality at the hotel for 27 years.
Sink into the plush green velvet club chairs at the window or sidle into a booths in the back. Start the night with a martini, mimosa or French 75 – any of the classics – before perusing more French favourites on the food menu.
The focus is on quality, authenticity and simplicity. The housemade baguette with 3 butters (yes 3!) gets things started. Go for entrees like Sydney Rock oysters, chicken liver parfait and 3 grilled King prawns, all local produce, add a crisp cold glass of Petit Chablis and you’re off to a great start.
Continue on with plump, juicy moules mariniere, served with lightly toasted sourdough and Kipfler potatoes. Meat eaters can’t go past the steak frites with super tender Rangers Valley black angus fillet with plenty of frites and Café de Paris butter. It pairs beautifully with the luscious Cotes du Rhone wine and a side of the glossy sautéed green beans. Of course, the French always finish with dessert and cheese, so save room for a generous cheese platter and the classic tarte tatin.
As The Rocks is going through a resurgence with some high profile and (dare we say it?!) flashy openings, The Quartier provides a safe and hidden haven for French dining.
Mezzanine Level, 98 Gloucester Street, The Rocks
Tues – Sat: 12-2pm for lunch, 5.30-9.30pm for dinner