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Sydney restaurants: French bistro Quartier in Sebel Quay West Suites serves a taste of Paris in CBD

Steps from the wharf at Circular Quay where European passenger ships have docked for hundreds of years, a decadent French bistro is serving Sydneysiders a slice of Paris in the historic heart of the CBD. 

Tucked away on the mezzanine of the five-star Sebel Quay West Suites, Quartier plates up Parisian cuisine flavoured with Australian ingredients in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge.

Quartier – French for ‘neighbourhood’ – promises ‘familiar faces and friendly exchanges’ to the socialites and city professionals who dine at the opulent establishment, where practically every detail – even the cornice – is gold. 

Crushed velvet chairs surround glass tables while dainty sofas line walls covered in romantic floral prints displayed in gold-leaf frames.

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Tucked away on the mezzanine of the five-star Sebel Quay West Suites, Quartier plates up Parisian cuisine flavoured with Australian ingredients in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge

Tucked away on the mezzanine of the five-star Sebel Quay West Suites, Quartier plates up Parisian cuisine flavoured with Australian ingredients in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge

Quartier - French for 'neighbourhood' - promises 'familiar faces and friendly exchanges' to the socialites and city professionals who dine at the opulent establishment

Quartier – French for ‘neighbourhood’ – promises ‘familiar faces and friendly exchanges’ to the socialites and city professionals who dine at the opulent establishment

But despite the decadent decor, prices are not exactly exorbitant for an eatery of such high caliber in such a prime location as The Rocks.

Entrees start from $8 while the main draw card from the grill – fillet steak with sides of carrots and Brussels sprouts – will only set you back $44.

Head chef Matteo Bisori has crafted an eclectic menu where premium pasta and pan-fried fish sit cheek-by-jowl with family favourites like chips and mashed potato.

Head chef Matteo Bisori has crafted an eclectic menu where premium pasta and pan-fried fish sit cheek-by-jowl with family favourites like chips and mashed potato

Head chef Matteo Bisori has crafted an eclectic menu where premium pasta and pan-fried fish sit cheek-by-jowl with family favourites like chips and mashed potato

The upscale restaurant is serving Sydneysiders a slice of Paris in the historic heart of the CBD

But despite the decadent decor, prices are not exactly exorbitant for an eatery of such high caliber in such prime real estate as The Rocks

The upscale restaurant is serving Sydneysiders a slice of Paris in the historic heart of the CBD

Australian travel photographer Rhiannon Taylor called the restaurant 'chic'

Australian travel photographer Rhiannon Taylor called the restaurant ‘chic’

Diners might start with crispy calamari or a simple buttered baguette, like the French do, before choosing between surf or turf – or maybe both.

A popular choice is the grilled salmon served with steamed asparagus and a wedge of lemon, followed by ‘Charlotte’ – an indulgent dark and white chocolate French gateau – for dessert. 

Early risers in time for the daily breakfast fare could gorge on buttermilk pancakes smothered in strawberries, bananas and white chocolate shavings – lashings of maple syrup optional. 

Early risers in time for the daily breakfast fare could gorge on buttermilk pancakes smothered in strawberries, bananas and white chocolate shavings - lashings of maple syrup optional

Early risers in time for the daily breakfast fare could gorge on buttermilk pancakes smothered in strawberries, bananas and white chocolate shavings – lashings of maple syrup optional

A popular choice is the grilled salmon served with steamed asparagus and a wedge of lemon

Followed by mousse or French gateau for dessert

A popular choice is the grilled salmon served with steamed asparagus and a wedge of lemon (left), followed by mousse or French gateau for dessert (right)

Fine dining aficionados have expressed appreciation for the existence of a European eatery in the 'true blue' Harbour City

Fine dining aficionados have expressed appreciation for the existence of a European eatery in the ‘true blue’ Harbour City

On Instagram, fine dining aficionados have expressed appreciation for the existence of a European eatery in the ‘true blue’ Harbour City.

‘That place looks like somewhere I’d gladly want to eat,’ one woman wrote under a photo of the opulent interior. ‘Such chic decor and the food looks amazing.’

‘Love it when a place delivers in every category,’ added another.

Australian travel photographer Rhiannon Taylor kept her review brief: ‘Chic.’

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