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Smith St Bistrot

Scott Pickett's French-inspired bistro and bar features steak baguettes, lobster thermidor and lots of low-intervention wines.
By Libby Curran
November 03, 2021
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By Libby Curran
November 03, 2021
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Smith St Bistrot is set to open by the end of summer 2021-22. We'll share more info on the venue, menus and opening hours as it becomes available.cp-line

Renowned chef Scott Pickett (Estelle, Matilda, Pastore) has transformed his former Italian restaurant Lupo into the Parisian-inspired Smith St Bistrot.

Launching this summer, the bistro and bar celebrates the French chapter of Pickett's own culinary training, as well as that of new 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.

Classic European flavours star throughout 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. You'll be just as happy dropping by for a steak baguette on your lunchbreak, as you will be celebrating with friends over lobster thermidor and armagnac souffles.

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

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

Alex Squadrito

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