Restaurant Review: Bécasse

Name: Bécasse
Address: 204 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9283 3440
Type: Restaurant
Cuisine: French/European
Opening hours: 12:00 pm-2:30 pm (lunch, Monday-Friday); 6:00 pm-10:30 pm (dinner, Monday-Saturday)
Price: $120 (degustation); $27 and $45 (à la carte entrée and main respectively)

There is no doubt that Bécasse is one of the stars of Sydney fine dining, almost beyond review for an amateur as myself. Familiar and unfamiliar ingredients are brought together in every dish with immaculate execution and presentation. This is food that is as beautiful to look at as it is beautiful to savour. I must say that some of the meatier dishes may come across as being a little underwhelming, but this is purely because of the heavenliness of some of the other dishes; dessert here is something you can’t have enough of! As for ambience, Bécasse is a place well-suited any time a little bit of sophistication is in order. From the elegant but not too pretentious dining room, you can see the chefs deftly applying their masterful craft, as you go through this culinary journey.

You can probably tell from my description that we had the degustation, although they also have a decent à la carte selection. I think I will let the photos speak for themselves, for which many thanks are due to Daniel Tse.

Amuse bouche

Amuse bouche

Salad of heirloom tomato

Salad of heirloom tomato

Cured Hiramasa kingfish

Cured Hiramasa kingfish

Steamed snapper

Steamed snapper

Lyonnaise salad

Lyonnaise salad

Slow cooked suckling pig

Slow cooked suckling pig

Cardamon pannacotta

Cardamon pannacotta

Rhubarb and mandarin goats' cheesecake

Rhubarb and mandarin goats' cheesecake

Banana crème brulée

Banana crème brulée

Daniel, me, Brendan, Rob

Daniel, me, Brendan, Rob

(Farewell Brendan; may your sojourns in Scotland, philosophical and otherwise, be fruitful.)

Conclusion: This is a place any half-decent foodie will not miss, but I don’t think there’s any urgency to make return visits. If you’re on a budget, their café Plan B next door has a delectable wagyu burger at lunch for only $10.

Food: 8.5/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7.5/10
Overall: 8/10
(what do these numbers mean?)

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