Top 5 ways Australian and French cuisine fused for the best or worse
When we think of French cuisine, we picture flaky warm viennoiseries, crème brûlée, tarte aux framboises, a hearty boeuf bourguignon, or even a coq au vin—all created with a certain finesse Française. This comes in stark contrast to Australian cuisine, when even the word ‘cuisine’ seems a little too fancy for us Aussies. So, what do we get when we put these two polar opposites together? An explosion of strangely intense concoctions from vegemite macarons, ‘Bacon Mac Daddy stuffed croissants’ (we’re not kidding about this one), to pain perdus with watermelon and fairy floss.
Le Courrier Australien went on a search for the weirdest French meets Aussie foods around Sydney, and we have compiled a list of our top five just for you.
While Aussies love their vegemite spread generously with butter on toast or a salada, how do we feel about a vegemite filled macaron? Australian pâtissier, Adriano Zumbo makes vegemite macarons which playfully blends the salty and sweet—creating a macaron filling with a sort of Australian take on la caramel beurre sallé. It would definitely make all the Bretons out there cry.
Adriano Zumbo – 296 Darling St, Balmain
If you’re feeling game, whip up your own batch of vegemite macarons, with this recipe from SBS Food.
With raclette memes saturating our newsfeeds, clearly it’s that time of year again when this French culinary icon is all the rage. Raclette burgers have made an interesting appearance on the menu at Surry Hills burger joint, Baregrill on Bourke. We can’t decide if scraping melted raclette cheese on top of a beef patty, with lettuce and mayo is innovative or borderline sacrilegious.
Baregrill on Bourke – 15/425 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Cuckoo Callay in Newtown pimps up the classic croissant with their ‘Bacon Mac Daddy’. The Bacon Mac Daddy features triple smoked bacon, mac & cheese, tomato relish, fried shallots, and a poached egg nestled within a toasted croissant. If you want to go all out Parisian, bring your pooch along as the café is also dog friendly. Did we mention there are puppuccinos on the menu? Step aside Frenchies, Aussies also know how to treat their canines as real royalty.
Cuckoo Callay – 324A King St, Newtown
French toast with a twist
The Picnic Burwood has taken an interesting take on pain perdu, otherwise known as French toast by those Down Under. It combines the fresh juicy flavours of watermelon, a berry reduction and edible petals, along with the sweet textured goodness of Persian fairy floss, and dulce de leche. We almost like to think of it as a ‘frenchified’ version of our favourite kid’s classic, fairy bread.
The Picnic Burwood – Burwood Rd & Park Ave, Burwood
Peri peri chicken galette
Four Frogs Crêperie brings a variety of classic crêpes from crêpe au sucre et citron, and crêpe au Nutella, to the much-loved galette complete. Yet one item on the menu caught our eye; the peri peri chicken galette. While we accept peri peri sauce isn’t exactly Australian—it is widely accepted as an Aussie staple condiment, thanks to a certain Portugese chicken chain. This galette is filled with chicken pieces, swiss cheese, an egg, and spring onions, with a heavenly glaze of peri peri sauce.
Four Frogs Crêperie – 1/175-179 Avenue Rd, Mosman
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