Smith St Bistrot Is Scott Pickett's New French-Inspired Venture Coming to Collingwood This Summer

The chef's next project is a classic French-inspired bistro and bar, featuring steak baguettes, lobster thermidor and low-intervention wines.
Libby Curran
Published on October 08, 2021

Two years ago, the site at 300 Smith Street, Collingwood was a thoroughly modern Italian affair, operating as Scott Pickett's new northside diner Lupo. Now, after a COVID-related hiatus, the space is set to be reborn with an unmistakable French accent, as the renowned chef-owner (Estelle, Matilda, Pastore) begins its transformation into Parisian-inspired newcomer Smith St Bistrot.

Slated to open this summer, the bistro and bar will celebrate the French chapter of Pickett's own culinary training, as well as that of new right-hand man, Head Chef Daniel Southern (Bar Margaux, Vue Group). It'll open from 11am for those chic lunching, sipping and snacking sessions, with a rotating menu du jour showcased come dinnertime.

Expect plenty of classic European flavours, across finely-tuned dishes like tuna tartare matched with pommes gaufrette, a chicken and tarragon fricassee for two, whole flounder with gribiche sauce and the classic creme caramel; here done a la Southern's recipe. You'll be just as happy dropping by for a steak baguette and pommes frites on your lunchbreak, as you will be celebrating with friends over an evening of lobster thermidor and armagnac souffles.

Daniel Southern and Scott Pickett, by Alex Squadrito

A matching wine offering promises options for all occasions and budgets, favouring local and international winemakers taking a hands-off approach to their art. That means biodynamic, organic, sustainable and natural drops are in strong supply. There'll be boutique beers and a handful of cocktails, too, revamping familiar favourites with a few new-world twists.

The space itself has been reworked under the eye of Anthology Studio's Sarah Townson, with rich green velvet and burgundy leather played against exposed brick in a nod to both gothic and art deco stylings. Expect a heady vision of brass chandeliers, antique mirrors and wrought iron balustrades, complete with a spiral staircase leading to a new mezzanine level and second private dining space.

Find Smith St Bistrot at 300 Smith Street, Collingwood, from this summer. We'll share more information as it's available.

Images: Alex Squadrito

Published on October 08, 2021 by Libby Curran
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