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.
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.
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