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“Wonderfully French” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro Papillon

Bistro Papillon
98 Clarence Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (Wynyard)
+61 2 9262 2402
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Ranked #111 of 5,305 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Wynyard
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Wonderfully French”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My guest and I popped into this little bistro on the recommendation of a co-worker. We were early (6pm) and had no trouble getting a table without a reservation. However by the time we left at 8pm, a reservation would definitely have been necessary.

Service was quick, helpful, friendly, but not pushy or over-bearing. All staff we encountered were actually French! They were helpful with providing recommendations on menu items that were more traditionally French, and helped describe items I had never before encountered.

We started by sharing the Smoked Trout Rillettes - it was delicious! Enough for two is you're famished and want to save room for the main and dessert.

Our mains were equally delicious. I enjoyed the Poulet Marengo (chicken) with a side of Ratatouille. The chicken fell off the bone and was full of flavour. The Ratatouille was very good, but too much for my moderate appetite. My guest enjoyed the Confit de Canard (duck) and said it was also full of flavour. It was also so tender that it fell off the bone the moment she touched her fork and knife to it.

Dessert (not that we had room, but who can resist?) was Creme Brule. I'm a lover of creme brule, and this was one of the best I have experienced. The sugar crust was thin and hard, and gave a beautiful crack when I dove into it. The custard underneath was smooth, creamy, and not too sweet.

I would recommend this quaint little restaurant to locals and visitors alike. If you fancy a late dinner, make a reservation.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Delicious fare, excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We'd forgotten how delicious well-prepared French cuisine can be. Combine with excellent service and quiet but cheerful atmosphere = great dining experience. Highly recommended!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We dined here recently as a couple.
Great food, great service, great ambience.
Can't recommend highly enough.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“A little bit of France in Sydney”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This small bistro offers great and fresh food served in a Parisien bistro style. The Alsace tarte flambee was terrific and it's hard to go past the expertly prepared tartare. The main courses are a good portion, but not so much as to mean that you have to miss the fabulous desserts or the cheese

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A part of France in the heart of Sydney”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Assiette de charcuterie, steak tartare, coq au vin, couscous, cassoulet, soupe à l'oignon, some of my experiences at Bistro Papillon, I was never disappointed, and service is very good

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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