My thoughts have been very much with Paris this week so I thought a return visit to the fabulous L’Hotel Gitan was in order. It ranks up there with Entrecote as one of the places in Melbourne that feels the most Parisian.
Run by the children of legendary chef, Jaques Reymond, L’Hotel Gitan is everything you could want from a French bistro in a beautiful old Prahran Art Deco pub.
I went along to the opening last year where free flowing French champagne and delicious little bites of gazpacho shots and chicken liver paté gave me a taste of what was on offer.
I loved the relaxed bar space at the front, with seating at a counter surrounding the kitchen, more formal dining room at the back and beautiful private dining spaces.
There are some good bar snack type options on the menu if you are more keen on the booze than eating. A great option is the crisp little bronzed croquettes ($4.50 each) that ooze cheese.
But there is also always a special of the day cooked on L’Hotel Gitan’s fabulous rotisserie. From the main menu there are classic dishes like the bavette ($35) which comes topped with fried onion rings (I’d prefer plain old frites) and simply cooked rockling ($32).
L’Hotel Gitan serves up classic food in an assured and polished setting. Always, and especially now, it’s great to be able to get a taste of Paris.
Gourmet Chick was invited to attend the launch of Hotel L’Gitan last year and returned anonymously paying her own way.
Details: L’Hotel Gitan, 32 Commercial Rd, Prahran
(Ph 03 9999 0990)