Join the French Evolution, Ananas Sydney

Mar 8, 2013

Photo Credits: Ananas

Joining the French Evolution in Sydney at Anana's Bar and Brasserie in Sydney. After spending a month in France late last year and admitting to a long term love affair with all things French, I was just a little excited to take my Mum and meet fellow extended family 'Francophiles' for dinner at the lovely new Ananas Bar and Brasserie. Sydney’s newest complete bar and dining destination, bringing a touch of contemporary French Mediterranean to Sydney’s Rocks district. 
Anana's is French for pineapple, and the word 'ananas' has for centuries been synonymous with hospitality and abundance. Housed within one of Sydney’s landmark historic buildings right next to the Argyle, walking into Anana's is like walking into 1920's Parisian bistro, while remaining relaxed and inviting. I adore the sassy and avant garde 1920’s inspired décor - french style mirrored tables, pineapple lamps, dark curtains, dim lighting, red leather and my favourite French bistro chairs, topped off by the most lovely and friendly French wait staff. You can walk in and enjoy a cocktail at the bar, or continue through past the Oyster Bar to the dining area. The beautiful private dining rooms are now also in mind for future functions. 
We started the evening with the signature Anana's cocktails, followed by a unique Alsace Pinot Grigio (the name escapes me now). Anana's has an impressive selection of local and French wines (some exclusive to Australia) and the cocktails alone will keep me coming back. I also loved the little fresh bread box hand delivered to each table, and of course the Ipad to select cocktails. Now to the food - the entree of Lobster Ravioli with sause vierge and curried oil - it was absolutely perfect, melting in my mouth with such rich flavours coming through. A huge fan of French staple 'Steak and Frites' I thoroughly enjoyed my fillet steak with Bearnaise as did the rest of my table! And finally it was a toss up between the berry and honeycomb Mille Feuille or the Snickers Revolution for dessert. The Mille Feuille won although I did have a little dessert envy. Tres bon Coffee Martinis to end the evening and all is well with the world! 

Walking back outside after dinner smack bang into the cobblestone laneway of the Argyle in the heart of The Rocks, I was immediately snapped out of my French haze and back to Colonial Sydney, but the few hours spent inside Anana's have surely helped keep my French daydreaming at bay until we return. If you love all things French like me you can find plenty more French style inspiration on the blog from last years Paris trip from Laduree, to Cafe de Flore, to Merci Merci and more 

18 Argyle Street The Rocks Sydney NSW 
02 9259 5668

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