Following a multi-million-dollar renovation, Robin Hood Hotel has opened Lorraine’s, a European-inspired bistro located on level one of the iconic building.
Named after the original owner and previous licensee of The Hood, Lorraine’s concept has been carefully considered. Owner, Daniel Whitten, wanted to bring an approachable and affordable restaurant and bar space to the local area “Our main goal was to revitalize the Waverley and Charing Cross area with an accessible yet glamorous restaurant and bar that showcases a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere”.
This approach translates directly into the menu with a no-fuss menu created by Michelin-trained chef, Clement Marchais (previously Executive Chef of Peppe’s Bondi) and overseen by acclaimed chef Phillip Davenport.
A custom-built charcoal grill is the main staple of the kitchen, designed to enhance the natural flavour of ingredients to create simple and delicious dishes. Highlights include charred octopus with harissa and potato aioli, mussels over charcoal with garlic butter and gremolata, and chicken vadouvan grilled over charcoal with homemade vadouvan curry paste and labneh.
Lorraine’s features a premium wine room with over 200 unique wines, including back vintages, and diners will have access to an extensive cocktail list and six beer taps.
The venue, designed by H&E Architects and Design Miss M interiors, and built by Calida Projects, features a stunning glass atrium roof that fills the venue with natural sunlight during the day and a soft glow in the evening. While the venue is primarily set up for drinking and dining with family and friends, the space also features two private function areas, perfect for group dining, birthdays and corporate events.
Lorraine’s is open Wednesday and Thursday for dinner and all day Saturday and Sunday. Drinks, cocktails and bar snacks are available until late, with the venue being licensed until 2am.