Restaurant Hubert conjures a classic French bistro in the heart of Downtown Sydney, complete with low lighting, wooden Vienna side chairs, and lashings of well-chilled Champagne. There’s a grand piano to one side, which provides a welcome backdrop to the murmur of happy chatter and clinking glasses from the popular restaurant and two bars. Vintage framed posters and prints line the wood-panelled walls. Pendulous lights hang low above Bar Normandy, cascading a warm glow of light over the bottles lined up below. And there are candles everywhere. To say Restaurant Hubert is atmospheric is a massive understatement.
The menu at Restaurant Hubert opens up a world of French classics, from Chicken Fricassé (a whole chicken with bread sauce and green garlic) and Oysters Mignonette (Sydney rock oysters with eschalot and black pepper vinaigrette) to Beef Tartare, here made with Wagyu topside and served with classic condiments and French fries, and the buttery potato perfection of Pommes Anna.
Happily, while serving up the French bistro’s greatest hits, Restaurant Hubert puts a modern, house spin on many dishes as well, thereby putting their own delicious mark on this world-famous cuisine. The escargot are served with a house XO sauce and some of their freshly-baked baguette. Duck liver mousse comes with maple syrup jelly. And their Gnocchi Parisienne – pan-fried choux pastry with parmesan cream, chervil and chive – is pillowy, herb-studded, and totally moreish. Come time for dessert and all manner of soufflés, tartes, and sabayons are on offer. Champagne is transformed into a light jelly, Sauternes into an ice cream. And there’s cheese. Of course there’s cheese. Vive la France, and bon appétit!