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My friend had just finished uni for the semester and cocktails and chats were on the cards. With both of us living in the Brunswick area, what better venue than Polly. Its cozy, its sophisticated, its reliable and its fun!
It’s impossible not to get lost in this cocktail menu. It’s about 100 cocktails long, each one as interesting and different as the one before it. Or…try your luck with the absinthe menu!
My all time favorite cocktail here is the Lemon Meringue…its limoncello, vanilla vodka, citrus and cinnamon. Its sweet, slightly tart and just heaven. It also tastes remarkably like the dessert it’s named after.
On this occasion however, I went for a more classic choice of mine and ordered an Espresso Martini. Polly really knows how to make an alcoholic cocktail. With two different types of vodka and coffee liquor, this concoction really hits the spot. Topped with beautiful coffee crema and the expected coffee beans, I was very happy!
My companion for the evening ordered a Kermit’s cocaine, which was a combination of kaffir lime and absinthe. Always opting for an adventurous choice, she was delighted with what she received.
On a Thursday night, the crowd was very small, but it does pick up over the weekend. Polly offers the perfect place for quiet conversation over seriously well put together cocktails.
For more information:
401 Brunswick Street
(03) 9419 6539
We all watched eagerly as the shell that once was Retro on Brunswick st began to be transformed. Now…open again it is the new elegant Eat Drink Man Woman.
This new restaurant exhibits none of its predecessor’s décor. This new room is open and light and warm. With gold’s and yellows as the feature colours, elegance is added by the stainless steel accessories, and crisp white crockery. The kitchen, still open, has been transformed by blue tiled walls and granite topped benches. To top off the new atmosphere the wait staff are welcoming and knowledgeable.
The menu features a huge breakfast menu with toast and crumpets to baked eggs to black sausage. It goes beyond the expected with son-in-law eggs served with peanut salad and grilled roti bread as well as a Croque Madame jaffle with a fried egg.
While the dinner menu is quite small, the grilled skate with lemon butter looks delightful. The homemade pork sausages with onion relish also tempted me. Sides feature sautéed mushrooms and roasted vegetables.
In the short half an hour I had there I only sampled the coffee. Having said that however, my soy cappuccino was beautiful…creamy, rich and strong.
Looking forward to returning to try their interesting breakfast menu!
For more information:
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
413 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
After a big trip to America my sister and her fiancé came home wired, excited and a little jet-lagged.
In an attempt to keep them awake til a reasonable hour we all decided to head to Brunswick St for some quiet drinks and a bite to eat.
We found ourselves at a little café called Red Tongue Café.
The menu offers a wide variety of pizzas and pastas as well as a range of other mains including burgers and salads. They also offered a small amount of entrée’s featuring dips and bread and bruschetta.
On this particular evening the open chicken souvlaki with Greek salad really appealed. When it arrived I was not disappointed. Flat pita bread was the bed for fresh salad, tzatziki and beautifully cooked juicy chicken pieces.
The others ordered the Red Tongue burger, which was huge and looked mouth watering; the fettuccini marinara and the special pizza of the night, which while quite small both looked delicious. The food was simple and well cooked; I expect it’s a very reliable venue.
For dessert most of us ordered the Café latte cheesecake as the waitress swayed us by saying she would “sell her soul for a piece of that cake” and she was not kidding. It was divine. The coffee flavour ensured it wasn’t too heavy and the chocolate base complimented the layers beautifully.
Would definitely go back to Red Tongue for good quality reliable meals.
For more information:
275 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9415 9244
Living so close to Brunswick Street it is often my go to place when I can’t decide where to eat, drink or meet friends.
While I’ve had many a drink up stairs at the Fitz and even eaten tapas upstairs at Damask Bar I hadn’t eaten at the restaurant downstairs until last week.
The atmosphere at The Fitz is very homely, with warm wooden décor and a fireplace for the winter. They set up the small restaurant space well, making it feel like you’re the only people there.
The menu takes inspiration from the Mediterranean with their entrée menu consisting mostly of tapas style items. Arancini, saganaki, bread and dips and calamari were among the options.
I shared the saganaki and the Turkish bread with hummus with a fellow diner. It was beautiful! The saganaki was the perfect level of crisp and salty with the wonderful cheese flavour still strong. Now…While its difficult to get Turkish bread and hummus wrong, the bread was fresh and just lightly toasted to give it that necessary crunch. The calamari, with a light crisp batter, was also apparently amazing.
It was my main, which really impressed me however. I had such a difficult time choosing. There are heaps of pasta and risotto options, gourmet salads as well as an array of delicious looking mains including the Fitz burger and the Moroccan chicken tagine, yet it was the Honey Chicken & Pumpkin Risotto Finished With Sugar Snaps, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Parmesan and Chilli Jam that really caught my eye.
It was by far the best risotto that I have ever had! The chicken was tender and moist and the beans and the tomatos created freshness often lacking in a risotto. To finish it off the Parmesan gave it a sharp intensity while the chilli jam, which was dispersed in little pockets, provided random bursts of heat and flavour.
While I was too full for dessert I did sneak a cheeky taste of both desserts ordered – the Lemon Tart and the Baked Berry Cheesecake – which were both absolutely beautiful.
The Fitz marries comfort with fine dining and arrives in the middle with satisfying and beautifully put together dishes.
Perfect for a nice occasion or when you’re in the mood for a cozy venue. A lovely night out!
For more information:
347 Brunswick St,
Fitzroy, Vic 3065
| Ph: 03 9417 5794