Luke Mangan brings French flair to hometown of Melbourne at Hotel Indigo

by Ruth Hogan

Renowned chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan is set to open his first Melbourne restaurant in more than a decade with the launch of a relaxed French bistro and bar in the newly-opened Hotel Indigo Melbourne on Flinders early next month.

Located on the corner of Flinders Lane and Spencer Street, Bistrot Bisou will feature modernised French classics – from its dishes to its cocktails. The Melbourne-born chef, who trained under the acclaimed Michael Roux at Michelin-starred London restaurant, Waterside Inn, is looking forward to introducing his take on French cuisine to locals and guests.
Luke Mangan
“Melbourne has a real European feel to it – especially as we come into the cooler months – and French fare is having a moment, so I can’t wait to share my take with diners,” Mangan said. “We’ve created a thoughtful menu full of classics like steak frites, an incredible twice-baked gruyere souffle and apple tarte tatin, with modern twists.
Rory Kennedy
“Enjoying these in the stylish bar and dining room, with its leather banquette seats, marble benchtops, red leather bar stools, and gold touches, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip to Paris.” From an expansive open kitchen overlooking the restaurant, dishes will be cooked over a wood-fired grill, with slow-burning ironbark and hardwood charcoal used to add smoky flavours. The team will smoke their own salmon and craft house-made terrines from free-range, Victorian roosters. Mangan will be supported by Rory Kennedy, former co-owner of Northcote’s hatted Vex Dining, as Head Chef. “There’s nothing better than seeing people smiling from ear to ear after they’ve enjoyed a great meal,” said Kennedy. “To get that feedback in real time is priceless, while guests will be taken on a sensory experience from the comfort of their seats, as they see and smell their food being prepared on the wood-fired grill before they taste it.” An international wine list will feature both French and Australian varietals. “It’s the perfect place to settle in for a happy hour cocktail or French wine, before you treat your tastebuds to our delicious menu,” said Hotel General Manager Joseph Simmons. Bistrot Bisou will open for lunch from Wednesday to Friday, and for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.