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The Reymond touch Situated at the top of Toorak Road West in the iconic Fawkner Hotel is Bistro Gitan, delivering a celebration of French family style eating that’s flexible and allows guests to enjoy a dining experience much like they would in France. Siblings Nathalie, Edouard and Antoine each manage roles front of house, while the kitchen is run by Stephen Nelson who was picked from the team at Jacques Reymond Restaurant to run the cuisine element of the busy Bistro. Created by Jacques Reymond the menu is an interesting and exciting blend of European cuisine with French base, hence the name Gitan which relates to the gypsy travellers of the Basque region. Some staples on the menu include the piccata of chicken livers, fresh pappardelle, balsamic and watercress, escargot in parsley and garlic butter, a must try even for the most delicate of palates, and a spatchcock with mustard crust, butter savoy cabbage and devil sauce. There is a fresh take on the ubiquitous steak frites with Hopkins River Black Angus Beef and a unique delivery on the traditional Croque Monsieur. But that’s not all...the specials board changes daily with a range of six to eight dishes and the wine list offers an intelligent selection of Australian, French and Italian wines, all carefully curated by Nathalie and Edouard. The warm wood tones and double French doors and windows at Bistro Gitan suit the food and atmosphere beautifully, with the bar creating a central focus for both diners and casual drinkers who can mingle by the charming copper clad fireplace. All in all the Reymond's Bistro Gitan is a warm, friendly restaurant that serves delicious dishes with precise yet relaxed service. Best dish: escargot in parsley and garlic butter.