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The Strand Hotel

This century-old Darlinghurst pub has been transformed into a luxurious French bistro.
By Ben Hansen
June 23, 2022
By Ben Hansen
June 23, 2022

Approaching its 100th year in Darlinghurst, The Strand is set to have a huge makeover, with the longstanding corner pub being transformed into a multi-venue hotel, bistro and rooftop bar. Part one of this transformation is already complete, with the French bistro occupying the pub's ground floor now open to the public.

At The Strand Bistro, you'll find all the trimmings of a classic French diner. Inspired by 1920s Paris, the venue boasts a sleek wood and gold fit-out with a menu that rolls out expected favourites from the region's cuisine. There's caviar service ($30-260), steak frites with bearnaise sauce ($38-46), creamy garlic mussels ($26) and a French leek tart ($24). It's a far cry from standard pub fare.

The mussels are a real highlight, presented swimming in sauce, as is the steak tartare ($22), anchovy and caramelised onion pissaladiere ($8 each) and the roasted magret duck breast paired with grilled radicchio and plum ($42).

There are also two midweek specials available for anyone looking to add some Parisian charm to their work week. The first is The Strand's le burger gruyere, served with fries and a beer for $30 for lunches Monday through Friday. Alternatively, come in on a Tuesday and you can order the duck pie with a glass of pinot for $40.

As with the food, the drinks menu has undergone a similarly dramatic change. There is still a selection of standard beers on tap, but diners looking for something more adventurous can take their pick from the bistro's expansive Australian and French wine list, or opt for a selection from the aperitifs and cocktails. A 49-strong whiskey list is also on hand, featuring highlights from Japan, Scotland and Ireland.

The bistro is set to be joined by a second new space inside The Strand. Head up to the William Street building's rooftop and you'll discover a casual al fresco bar. Expected to open during winter, the rooftop will facilitate snacks and cocktails with sunset views and DJ sets.

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