|Cured Tasmanian ocean trout with quinoa for breakfast|
For those who haven’t come across it yet Fitzrovia has opened down the more chi-chi end of Fitzroy street overlooking Albert Park. The name is a reference to the street but Londoners will also recognise it as a nod to the area near Soho where chef Paul Jewson used to live. Jewson is an ex River Cafe alumni which shows in Fitzrovia’s ethos of top quality produce served simply and honestly.
|The front counter at Fitzrovia|
You enter Fitzrovia through a big glass filled atrium which boasts a long counter topped with quiches, salads and sandwiches. Up the stairs is the restaurant proper with wooden tables, bentwood chairs, polished floorboards and a kitchen so open that it is tempting to walk in and start cooking your own meal.
|St Ali coffee at Fitzrovia|
You wouldn’t want to do that though because Jewson will do a much better job than you would. For breakfast, the trout I mentioned earlier is cured in house and served with toasted quinoa, roasted cherry tomatoes and a poached egg with a perfectly cooked sunny yellow yolk ($19). Coffee is by St Ali and my latte was creamy and smooth.
|The famous truffled chips|
Returning a week later for dinner I discovered that those truffled polenta chips ($8.50) were indeed the “holy trinity” of truffle, parmesan and parsley. The chips were just as crunchy on the outside and soft inside as I imagined and the truffle and parmesan added richness and depth. Pan fried snapper fillet ($33.50) was spankingly fresh and perfectly cooked with a crisp skin and flesh that flaked on the fork. The fish teetered on top of a serve of Nicoise salad which erred on the small size.
Who knew that my first world problems would be so easily solved by two visits to Fitzrovia? This is one restaurant that easily straddles the breakfast, lunch and dinner service.
Details: Fitzrovia, 155 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda 3182 (Ph 03 9537 0001) Tues – Sat 8am -11pm, Sun 8am – 5pm, Mon closed.
Damage: Pricey. Dinner for two was $92 with one glass of wine each.