Melbourne: Work lunch at Fitzrovia

One of the great things I enjoy about my work is being able to travel to Australia’s east coast capital cities, and grabbing some great bites with the team. Most of them love food as much as I do – because we’re all based in different cities, we get to recommend new amazing eats on our home turf. So what better way to kick off an intense 2-week stint than in Melbourne with a work lunch at Fitzrovia.

This all day dining cafe and restaurant takes advantage of the view overlooking Albert Park in St Kilda with its black framed glass frontage. It is a gorgeous feature to this beautiful converted Federation mansion Fitzrovia calls home, which reminds me of some of the old shops in London.

Fitzrovia‘s unique menu is styled with Italian and English influences, and focuses on creations made from free range and organic ingredients where possible. Their breakfast menu might not have the traditional eggs benny, but with dishes such as grilled chorizo and tiger prawn free range egg omelette (AUD$20.50) and crisp Belgian vanilla and orange zest waffles (AUD$17), there shouldn’t be any complaints.

Their lunch menu was equally challenging – not because the options were too many or described in Greek, but everything just sounded too good!

Fitzrovia: Polenta chips with truffled parsley and parmesan. AUD$13

Polenta chips with truffled parsley and parmesan. AUD$13

Fitzrovia: Hot and sour crisp salt and pepper calamari with green papaya salad, Asian herbs, rice noodles, lime cashews & roast chilli dressing. AUD$21.50

Hot and sour crisp salt and pepper calamari with green papaya salad, Asian herbs, rice noodles, lime cashews & roast chilli dressing. AUD$21.50

Fitzrovia: CHICKPEA AND Organic black quinoa falafel with turmeric roast cauliflower and smoked eggplant caviar, sumac spiced labne, minted pinenut dukkah and pomegranate. AUD$18.50

Chickpea and organic black quinoa falafel. AUD$18.50

I tossed between the whole grain new seasons asparagus salad (AUD$18.50), which would have come with fresh pommegrante, organic black barley and lentils, pumpkin seeds, pinenuts and almonds, fresh herbs, lemon and tahini labne; the free range chicken breast saltimbocca with crisp prosciutto, sage and taleggio (AUD$20.50) with soft mascarpone polenta and crisp fried leeks; and ended up with the chickpea and organic black quinoa falafel (AUD$18.50) with turmeric roast cauliflower and smoked eggplant caviar, sumac spiced labne, minted pinenut dukkah and pomegranate. Fitzrovia‘s firm falafels were some of the best I’ve had – crisp on the outside and moist on the inside with no mush in sight.

Whatever you order, do yourself a favour and get at least one plate of their polenta chips. Two, if you’re with a group of friends, unless you want to test the boundaries of your friendships. Stacked like proud Jenga blocks, these polenta chips arrived crispy hot and heavy with the fragrant aroma of truffles.

Fitzrovia

And if you’re hankering for dessert, get up and peek at Fitzrovia‘s front counter. The innocent display of sweet treats should tempt even the most iron of wills.

 

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