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