Bistro Gitan

A little pocket of France situated in South Yarra with a touch of Mediterranean flair.
Cordelia Williamson
Published on June 01, 2023
Updated on September 11, 2023


Bistro Gitan is a little pocket of France situated in South Yarra. Although a contemporary French bistro, it takes influences from other surrounding European countries. Named after the gypsy travellers of Europe, Gitan certainly has an eclectic offering.

A collaboration between L'Hotel Gitan's Jacques Reymond and his children, Bistro Gitan boats a more relaxed and warmer atmosphere. With Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean influences, it's a very Melbourne interpretation of a modern French bistro — like you're sitting in a hole-in-the-wall eatery in Paris (or, you know, somewhere).

Typically French dishes like buttery escargots, croque monsieurs and liver parfait sit alongside kings sashimi and a Victorian southern ranges 230g eye fillet with choice of sauce. Sides of pomme frites, veggies and, of course, baskets of bread and butter are also available as are weekly specials, which are written in European fashion on the blackboard.

The wine list is worldly, with drops from Spain, France, Italy, Australia and New Zealand — which are available by the glass, the pichet or the carafe, as well as a lengthier list of wines available by the bottle. it's easily one of the best French restaurants in Melbourne and well worth a visit for any food lover.

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