When having a child dampens your travel plans — seemingly forever — it’s relieving to know that there’s a genuine slice of France just around the corner. Since opening in 2008, the French-inspired Bronte Road Bistro has scored rave reviews – and it’s easy to see why. Their formula is simple: an elegant and straightforward menu, killer wine list, and friendly, down-to-earth service. And unlike so many other new restaurants in Sydney’s Eastern beaches, they attract crowds without relying on vintage furniture, mismatched crockery or meagre, tapas-inspired dishes.
Instead, Head Chef Dave Pegrum — formerly of Tetsuya’s and Forbes and Burton — has designed a menu with delectable bistro staples like chicken liver parfait, seared scallops, and steak frites with cafe Paris butter. Throw in an impressive selection of wine by the glass, and a sommelier who remembers your wine taste after just a few visits, and you’ve got a superb restaurant that ticks all the boxes. To quote Aussie food reviewer Simon Thompson, Bronte Road Bistro is the ‘local you’ve always wanted close by’.