L'Hôtel Gitan

Gault&Millau's review

The Reymond family’s L’Hôtel Gitan has been serving excellent French-inspired gastropub cuisine at this gorgeous iconic building on Prahran’s Commercial Road for several years. Inside, there’s a fabulous bar for snacks or a few cheeky vinos before dinner, and at the rear is the elegant dining room that has a formal, yet relaxed ambience. It’s a great spot for a family dinner, catch-up with friends or a romantic evening. The French menu begins with ‘petite’ options, such as a delicate blue-fin tuna tartare or a visually exciting chicken cigar. A special of kingfish ceviche presents super-fresh chunks of kingfish in a tomato gazpacho with a green granita. Medium-size dishes (moyen) include their seared marinated tiger prawns: beautiful crustaceans on a bed of creamy yoghurt, compressed cucumber and tiny hints of chilli with an orange tinge. From the main courses (plat principal), try the eye fillet – a premium steak served with French fries and house-made creamy bearnaise – or a glazed duck leg with caramelised onion crème, quinoa and orange sauce. PSST! A set menu is offered on Sundays – four courses for just $50 or five courses for $60. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide


32 Commercial Road, Prahran
3000 Melbourne


+61 3 9999 0990

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Opening hours

Monday  12:00 - 18:00 / 17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday  12:00 - 18:00 / 17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday  12:00 - 18:00 / 17:30 - 21:00
Thursday  12:00 - 18:00 / 17:30 - 21:00
Friday  12:00 - 18:00 / 17:30 - 21:00
Saturday  12:00 - 18:00 / 17:30 - 21:00
Sunday  12:00 - 18:00 / 17:30 - 21:00


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