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A plate of smoked swordfish with cutlery and a glass of wine at Franca
Photograph: Supplied/Jennifer Soo

Time Out says

Dressed-up French brasserie mainstays and modern Mediterranean cooking come together in a dazzling Potts Point dining room that's spared absolutely no expense

Potts Point certainly has no shortage of swish spots to get watered and fed, but Franca might just be the swishest of them all. The former Fratelli Fresh site above the Woolies on Macleay Street has been transformed into a multimillion-dollar melange of velvet, marble, brass and parquetry modelled after majestic French brasseries and it’s dishing up equally elegant Med-inspired fare to match.
There are tried-and-true faves like French onion soup, beef tartare and steak frites on executive chef Alexis Besseau’s (ex-Bather’s Pavilion and Est) menu, but some of the greatest hits get a bit of an upgrade, too. Tomatoes, olive tapenade, radishes and sashimi tuna, for instance, join forces in a deconstructed take on salade Niçoise, and bouillabaisse is reimagined as a pasta with red mullet, whiting and clams. A baked chocolate tart with truffle ice cream provides an equally luxurious finish.
French varieties are the name of the game when it comes to the wine list, which focuses squarely on bottles produced in France, Australia and New Zealand. Cocktails play a large part in this all too, of course, with classics like the French 75 offered alongside more contemporary seasonal shake-ups like the Artist, a house blend of red fruit sorbet, coconut-infused vodka and lime leaf. And instead of one Martini, order the so-called Double Trouble and get two miniature, ice-cold single-estate Belvedere vodka Martinis instead. We'll happily drink to that.


Address: Shop 2/81 Macleay St
Potts Point
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5.30pm-midnight; Fri, Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10pm
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