The 100-year-old pub has entered a new French era with the culinary direction of Clayton Wells.
The Strand Hotel in Darlinghurst has undergone another impressive transformation, breathing new life into its identity. On the ground floor, Strand Bistrothèque awaits, a French-inspired dining experience that is far from ordinary. Public Group Executive Chef Clayton Wells and Head Chef Leigh McDivitt have come together to offer a contemporary twist on French cuisine.
From the moment you step inside, the unassuming facade gives way to a captivating European atmosphere. The interior is a feast for the eyes with a blend of textures, neon artworks, lush carpets, and a decidedly moody and cool ambience that will transport you to the streets of Europe.
The menu at Strand Bistrothèque is lush with our favourite dishes including the oozing Tempura Zucchini Flower stuffed with herbs, goat’s cheese, and truffle honey, as well as the super light and fresh Heirloom Tomato Salad with fennel, capers, green olives, and mustard oil. Don’t miss the Red Wine Risotto, which incorporates pickled and fried globe artichokes, offering a unique twist with a rich depth of flavour. Meat enthusiasts can indulge in an exquisite selection, including perfectly cooked Waygu beef served with crispy frites and an ample serving of butter.
For those with a penchant for classic French cuisine, the menu features timeless favourites such as Chicken Liver Parfait, French Onion Soup, Gruyere Cheese Soufflé, and a Banana Caramel Petit Gâteaux. To complement the dishes there is an incredible selection of natural wines, thoughtfully curated by Mike Bennie of P&V Wine Merchants. What are our picks? The French Syrah by the glass and the Frogmore Creek Iced Reisling if you can’t quite fit in dessert.
After dinner, ascend to the rooftop and discover Kasbah, a chic and vibrant bar with a view overlooking Darlinghurst. The Maybe Sammy team has crafted a superb cocktail menu, and Clayton Wells has contributed with his culinary expertise from downstairs. Imagine Mediterranean nights, a colour palette reminiscent of Marrakesh, vivacious tiles, Persian rugs, and a sunset drink vibe that is exceptionally photogenic.
We highly recommend a visit to The Strand to check out the new additions: Strand Bistrothèque & Kazbah. Find out more here.