Fans of France’s greatest sporting event, the Tour de France and its food alike should make their way to Bar Ananas, the French flagship of the ArgyleXchange in The Rocks, for a journey of regional food specialities.
Head Chef Paul McGrath has created a menu that matches every stage of the race so guests can enjoy a taste of each region. Served in the Parisian-themed bar, guests will be able to follow the action with their palates from 29 June until the race concludes in Paris on 21 July.
With more than 20 dishes on the race card, McGrath is using all of his encyclopaedic knowledge and enthusiasm for regional dishes he gained while studying classic French cuisine at some of the finest restaurants in Europe.
Each menu item is inspired by its region – Spiced Crab Tortellini a Napoleon, from the fishing port, and birthplace of the Emperor, Ajaccio; Confit Duck and Foie Gras on Brioche, from the town of Albi, famous for the rich delicacy; and Beignets of Wild Pacific Oysters with Sauce Gribiche, from the coastal town of Saint Malo, known for its molluscs.
To coincide with the grand finale on Sunday 21 July, when the race reaches the finish line at the Champs-Élysées in Paris, guests will be able to celebrate with a showcase of Parisian cheeses and other charcuterie specialities.
To complement each stage of the menu, the expert bartenders at Ananas will be on hand to suggest regional wine pairings from the extensive cellar, French beer or a classic cocktail with a cool, contemporary twist. Of course, as the finish line approaches, what better way to celebrate than with the award-winning Marc Champagne, exclusive to Ananas.