The Strand Hotel’s French restaurant brings a new vibe to the classics in Darlinghurst

Nestled right at the lively intersection of William and Crown Street, you’ve probably stumbled upon the charming haunt that is The Strand Hotel at least once or twice. This venerable spot has held its ground for an impressive 99 years, and now, it’s gracefully stepping into a whole new chapter.

Picture this: The Strand, reincarnated as a multi-level dining haven and a hotel that draws inspiration from the enchanting era of Paris in the Belle Époque. As you step inside, the first thing that grabs your attention is the ground floor French bistro—a haven for devouring Sydney rock oysters and all things classically French, including a Jazz band on Wednesday and Friday nights.

Head chef Alex Kavanagh takes the reins in the kitchen, crafting culinary wonders like the “Lè Bùrger Gruyere,” a cheeseburger elevated with the richness of gruyere cheese. Classic steak frites, a tempting duck leg pie, and baguettes generously layered with cultured butter also grace the menu.

We inhaled the Chicken liver parfait éclair, maraschino cherry & cacao ($10), which is on-point for this current French savoury-sweet marriage.

Chicken liver eclair

The Jack’s Creek black angus sirloin (250g), café de paris butter & frites ($48) is gluten free and well presented. A succulent steak with perfectly crispy fries. A classic well done.

The real stand out was the Grilled spatchcock, roquette, dill pickle & herb vinaigrette ($36). With juicy, succulent meat, well salted (and I love salt – so this was right up my street) and so incredibly full of flavour. We love steak on any given Sunday, but hands down would take the spatchcock on repeat.

And let’s talk libations—the bar boasts an extensive selection of both Australian and French wines. Dive into a world of flavor with a 49-strong whisky list or opt for one of their French-themed signature cocktails. “The Charlie Chaplin” beckons with a blend of sloe gin, apricot brandy, and lime juice, while the “French Tart” offers a delightful mix of vodka, elderflower liqueur, and a hint of rosemary. The chardonnay has some big notes, and full bodied – perfect for bold French flavours.

The pièce de résistance though, —the rooftop bar, adorned with lush greenery, offering a breathtaking view of the city lights. At The Strand, it’s not just a dining experience; it’s a symphony of flavours, and pure immersion into dining experiences.

The Strand – Bistrotheque
Monday- Sunday 12pm – Late
99 William Street, Darlinghurst

About the author

Michelle hails from the UK – but grew up with big flavours and spices thanks to her Singaporean Mum. International cuisine has always been part of Michelle’s life as she explored the world in the pursuit of delicious food and wine – along with a castle or two. Michelle now lives in Sydney after a lengthy stint in Brisbane (a city dear to her heart, which she visits frequently). She is letting her nose and palette be her guide as she discovers and shares exciting and delicious dining experiences. Michelle also loves, in equal measure, fashion, sunshine and puppies.


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