The Strand Bistro opens on busy William Street in Darlinghurst

The redevelopment of traffic-choked William Street has long been a political hot potato.

But instead of waiting for a masterplan for a strip once dubbed “the boulevard of broken dreams,” The Strand Hotel in Darlinghurst has gone ahead with its own update.

The new French-inspired bistro is a nice addition to the busy thoroughfare.

The bistro of the Strand Hotel, Darlinghurst. Photo: Trent van der Jagt

With a boutique hotel to open soon and a rooftop bar above, Chef Alex Kavanagh has a food offering that jumps from spoonfuls of Beluga caviar to duck breast served with prunes and radicchio, and steak frites.

Also on the opening menu is “Le Burger” with Gruy√®re.

The main menu is available until 10pm, but a smaller bar menu goes until just after 2am.

The Strand Chef Alex Kavanagh.

The Strand Chef Alex Kavanagh. Photo: Trent van der Jagt

The Strand is the first in a series of new locations that Public Hospitality plans to open next year.

With a vision to restore historic buildings to their former state, Camelia Grove in Alexandria, Erskineville’s Kurrajong Hotel and City Hall in Balmain are all on the group’s to-do list.

Open Sun-Thu 06:00-midnight; Fri-Sat 6am-3am.

99 William Street, Darlinghurst, 02 9068 8527,

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