The Liberation of Paris was a military action that took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the German garrison surrendered the French capital on 25 August 1944. Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second Compiègne Armistice on 22 June 1940, after which the Wehrmacht occupied northern and western France.
In honour of this anniversary, my friend Ellen and I – although neither of us is actually French – decided to celebrate at one of our favourite Sydney bars, Kittyhawk.
Kittyhawk is a beautiful, 1940s style bar and restaurant which reflects French Liberation is every nook and cranny of its old polished floor boards. From the staff to the menus – it is the attention to detail which makes this place such a pleasure to visit. So, donning our 1940s best, we headed there for lunch, a French song in our hearts and liberation on our lips.
Cheers to Ellen of A Wild Tea Party for the snaps.
After checking out the menu, we both quickly decided that we were gravitating more towards the starters than the mains. We decided to both have a starter and two sides to share. Ellen ordered steak tartare and I chose baked camembert, we opted for a side of fries with aioli and green beans – our drink of choice – sparkling wine, of course!
The camembert was amazing. As I cut into it the cheese gently ooozed out and was perfectly complimented by the light crumb which coated the cheese. Given how much I love cheese, every bite of this was like a little piece of heaven for me. From the silence which greeted me across the table I concluded Ellen felt the same about her meal. Presentation was beautiful and was in keeping with the atmosphere of the bar. Elegant and refined.
We decided it was only appropriate to have dessert and I can never say no to creme brulee – it is by far my favourite dessert – and over the years I’ve had my fair share of bad ones. This was not one of those times. This was one of the best creme brulee’s I’ve ever had. Amazing crack on the top and a smooth, creamy consistency with the perfect amount of vanilla bean. We also ordered the chocolate mousse which was so rich and decadent.
I can’t recommend Kityhawk highly enough. The food is exceptional and the cocktail list is imaginative and extensive. Helpful and friendly staff coupled with the overall atmosphere cements this as my go-to bar.
Kittyhawk can be found at 16 Phillip Lane, Sydney, 2000, NSW, Australia.