Go inside new French-inspired joint, Mistelle

mistellePhoto: Jason Lucas

Do you know what a mistelle is? It’s what you get when you take grape juice and fortify with grape spirit — one of the better known examples is Floc de Gascogne which takes grape juice and adds unnamed armagnac to it. It’s zesty and refreshing, and you’ll be able to sample it and new French restaurant and wine bar, Mistelle, in Sydney’s Double Bay.

Set up like the cafes of Paris (outside are a number of two-top tables with the chairs facing the street – all the better to take advantage of French labour laws and watch the world go by), the driving force behind Mistelle is Alicia Wadsworth. She knows her wine (there’s not many of you who can say they’ve completed their WSET diploma), and has drawn on a love of all things French for this opening.

The food is designed to be shared and riffs on Mediterranean and French classics — think oysters, steak tartare, croquettes and charcuterie — and the wine list is all killer, no filler, with top drops from France and around the world.

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