Top 10 Restaurants of Australia


Cuisine: Modern European
Location: Sydney, NSW
Please note that Becasse has been closed since 2012.

Previously Number 10 in our 2012-2013 list of the top ten restaurants of Australia is Justin North's Bécasse. Bécasse began as a small French brasserie in the suburbs of Sydney in 2001 but quickly made an impact being name Best New Restaurant by the Restaurant and Catering Association. It has since relocated to the city and grown into a classy, modern restaurant that has been featuring prominently and consistently in the top restaurant awards for some years now. In 2007 it snuck in to the World Top 100 Restaurants List at No. 96.

The menu is driven by a philosophy of sourcing high quality produce and using the best classical technique to bring the most out of every ingredient on the plate. The reviews tend to suggest that most dishes hit the right note in combination and balance of flavours as well as a high proficiency of technique, but overall the menu may lack a greater inventiveness and creativity to push for a higher ranking.

Sample Dégustation Menu*

  • Canapé
  • Amuse-bouche
  • Salad of marinated heirloom vegetables
    sugar snap mousseline, black olive and lemon balm
    N.V. Devaux Blanc de Noirs, Champagne
  • Marinated yellowfin tuna and shaved organic Wagyu beef
    white asparagus, mushroom and chilled consommé
    2009 Spinifex “Luxe”, Barossa Valley
  • Confit miso blue-eye and smoked scallop
    sautéed cuttlefish, cauliflower and buckwheat
    2009 Vina Litoral “Ventolera” Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley
  • Roast Palmers Island mulloway 
    king prawns, soubise purée and smoked crustacea emulsion
    2008 Mahi “Twin Valleys Vineyard” Chardonnay, Marlborough
  • Caramelised suckling pig and braised pork tail
    roast parsnip and compressed apple
    2008 Gulfi, Rossojbleo Nero d’Avola, Sicily
  • Slow cooked ballotine of guinea fowl
    baby gem, almond, olive and lemon pith puree
    2009 Luke Lambert Syrah, Yarra Valley
  • Buttermilk pannacotta
    coriander, pain d’epice, pineapple granita
  • Banana crème brulée
    salted peanut brittle and milk coffee sorbet
    2007 Cookoothama Botrytis Semillon, Darlington Point