L’Hotel Gitan, Prahran

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MELBOURNE |  The Reymond family’s latest venture can be found on bustling Commercial Road in Prahran in the form of L’Hotel Gitan. After extensive remodeling by award winning designers SJB Architects, this French family restaurant opened its doors to the public last November. L’Hotel Gitan is focused on natural flavours and simple, impeccable presentation, using only the freshest sustainable products. Aside from the extensive menu, the inviting special change regularly based on seasonal ingredients.

The City Lane was invited to attend try a series of the restaurant’s most exciting European inspired dishes in the formal dining room. We were introduced to head chef Brendan Berthelot at the beginning of the evening and talked through some the different dishes we would be trying.

One of the most special aspects of L’Hotel Gitan is the central open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs first hand preparing your food, adding a theatrical element to the dining experience. The interior of the restaurant is art deco in design, with high tables, a fireplace and bistro settings, creating a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere.

We started the evening with a traditional Fruits de Mer Salad, with seared scallops, Tasmanian salmon and kingfish ceviche. This dish was extremely fresh and full of flavour, fusing a range of interesting ingredients. This was followed by my favourite starter of the evening, the sliced Gitan Steak Tartare. The slightly spice dressing is offset perfectly by the crisp baby cos lettuce cups.

Our next course was Mushroom Risotto with Fresh Truffles. This beautiful, delicious dish was simple yet effective, perfectly creamy in texture and bursting with flavour. After beginning the evening with cava, each dish was accompanied by a different wine. L’Hotel Gitan offers an extensive range of European and Australian wines, designed to compliment the French cuisine served.

The highlight of the evening was the Rotisserie Bannockburn Chicken, served with with baked potatoes, green beans and gravy. The tender chicken was complimented perfectly by the flavorsome sauce, a great hearty dish, ideal for cold Melbourne Winter evenings. Although by this time we were completely satisfied, the head chef invited us to try the Fragrant Wild Groper, a light, fresh dish.

And now onto my favourite part of the evening, the desserts! We were presented with six, yes six, gorgeously presented, fancy sweets to tuck into. One of my favourites was the White Chocolate & Yogurt Delice; made with rhubarb, muscovado speculo, natural yogurt and mountain bush pepperbelly gel. The star of the show however has to be the Caramel Trifle, with caramel mousse, orange mascarpone, crumble and spiced pineapple. Such a decadent and delicious dessert, this was the icing on the cake to a lovely evening with great company.

L’Hotel Gitan

32 Commercial Road
Prahran
Victoria 3181
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9999 0990
E-mail: n/a
Website: http://lhotelgitan.com.au/

Open
Mon – Sun: 12:00pm to late

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Kirsty
Kirsty is a British Art and Design graduate who recently relocated to Melbourne for a year of travelling. She moved from Norwich to Barcelona 10 years ago and enjoyed photographing the dynamic city and exploring its rich artistic heritage. In the last year Kirsty worked as a design assistant for a Barcelona-based magazine, which allowed her to expand upon her interest in food, travel and culture. Kirsty loves discovering unique restaurants, cafes and food experiences in every city she visits, as well experimenting with recipes – particularly healthy desserts and cakes! She documents this through her writing and photography, sharing them on her blog and Instagram.

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