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L'Hôtel Gitan

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by Gwen O'Toole-Luscombe (subscribe)
Gwen O’Toole is an accomplished writer focusing on travel, food, wine and events management. Follow her on Instagram @Gwennieo
Published June 23rd 2016
Say Bonjour to L'Hotel Gitan
Located on Prahran's Commercial Rd, L'Hôtel Gitan might appear from the outside to be you're typical corner pub, but don't be fooled.

After its opening to the public last November, it's quickly become a fine dining hotspot for those in the know.

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Located on Commerical Road, L'Hôtel Gitan. Image:Provided


Owned and run by the restaurateur Reymond family, the building that was once Hotel Max, has been beautifully transformed, paying all respect to its art deco heritage, into a French-inspired gastropub that the locals love. For L'Hôtel Gitan, celebrated chef Jacques Reymond has partnered with three of his children, delivering this relaxed open-kitchen environment that's ideal for a date night, celebration meal or simply a great meal out.

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The inside of this pub has been transformed into a relaxed dining atmosphere. Image:Provided


The dining areas is suitable for 45 and a 12-seat private dining area is ideal for private celebrations or special events. Upstairs a function space is ideal for up to 70 cocktail-style and, when weather permits, the outdoor area can accommodate up to 50.

The cuisine is based on using the freshest sustainable products including whole pieces of poultry, red meats and fish cooked à la broche on the in-house rotisserie.

The menu is divided into small, medium and large sized plates which can be shared (or not) as well as several specials and of course, sweets.

Seafood lovers will swoon over the Fruits de Mar salad (below) with seared scallops, Tasmanian salmon and kingfish ceviche.

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The Fruits de Mar salad. Image:The Ideas Library


Attending with a group, it's an ideal place to order up several dishes and enjoy a little bit of everything. With truffle season in full swing, the kitchen also served up a mushroom risotto with shaved truffle.

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A French favourite, in-season truffle and mushroom risotto. Image:The Ideas Library


Much like the cuisine at sibling eatery Bistro Gitan in South Yarra, the fare is a upmarket twist on pub food with items such as a rotisserie du jour, plenty of petit-tapas size options and numerous specials.

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An up market twist on pub fare, the rotisserie chicken with roasted potatos. Image:The Ideas Library


Co-owner Antoine Reymond has said it was a family dream for a long time to do something in an old pub that allowed them to have what is already great about a pub, and expand on it further.

Located in Prahran at 32 Commercial Road, L'Hôtel Gitan is open Monday to Saturday, from noon until late.
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Why? A delicious gastropub experience
When: Monday – Sunday 12pm – late
Phone: (03) 9999 0990
Where: 32 Commercial Rd, Prahran VIC 3181
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