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EPIC meal at Cutler and Co, Fitzroy, Melbourne

This was one place I had to dine and as soon as we booked our flights, I made a reservation at Cutler and co. Three weeks in advance, and they said they were fully booked! However, I was persistent and called two days later and they had a cancellation and we were IN!

I was beyond excited, Cutler and Co can be found on Fitzroy Street. Décor was hip, light was dim and even before we were seated I was already loving the ambiance and the service!

We were seated to our table, and presented with the menu.

Whilst perusing the menu, we were offered some bread and creamy butter and pink salt flakes.

Quartered brown sourdough roll….

Or ‘muffin’ looking bread which were soft and fluffy. The boys loved the bread that they kept ordering more.

The menu is not huge – a la carte section or an eight course degustation. If I wasn’t with the family, I would have definitely gone for the degustation. I don’t think my family could eat that much, and more importantly, I have to uphold this ‘image’ that I am not a pig as they would be absolutely appalled.

We thought we would share the entrees. Three entrees, and we started with the ‘Salad Lyonnaise’ smoked Wagyu ox tongue, crispy pork hock, egg and tomato ($22). WOW. The combination of the flavours really worked.

I loved the tenderness of the ox tongue, the crispiness of the pork hock and the oozing egg, it was AMAZING!

Next smoked and raw tuna, octopus, avocado and pickled cucumber ($25). The presentation was incredible, the freshness of the tuna, the creaminess of the avocado which were presented like tea drops, sprinkled with sesame. It was deliciously light, refreshing and absolutely wonderful.

Finally, the poached chicken, foie gras parfait, quinoa and prune ($25). This dish had less of a wow factor, when compared to the other two. Succulent poached chicken with foie gras, beautiful combination and the prune gave it that extra sweetness. It was good but I do prefer the other two dishes.

We sat there and paused. WOW. What a start. I was definitely looking forward to our mains.

Dad, O, and I all ordered the roast suckling pig, boudin noir, plum and kohlrabi ($47) and my frigging goodness, it was the most wonderful suckling pig I have ever tasted. I still dream about the tenderness of the meat, the crispy, gooey skin that just melted in my mouth. Each mouthful was better than the next. I had a mini food orgasm, it was THAT good. So good that I had to take another pause and absorb it all. The roast suckling pig was just outstanding! The boudin noir was so delicious, it was crumbly and fell apart. I love the sweetness of the plum sauce, it really complemented the suckling pig.

Mum opted for the poached kingfish, prawn, almond and shaved celery salad ($42). The kingfish was tender, yet firm. The prawn was beautifully cooked, and the almond and shaved celery salad was light and a wonderful. It was nice but my suckling pig was magnifique.

F had the roast lamb saddle, eggplant, purslane and spiced carrots ($43). Pink tender roast lamb saddle with succulent carrots and eggplant. It was good but still too lamb-y for me, F certainly enjoyed it.

Dessert – it had both F and I at ice cream sandwich and salted caramel – Chocolate ice cream sandwich, vanilla parfait and salted caramel ($18) – a plate of delicious goodness. Everything I love for dessert on a single plate. The chocolate ice cream was light and creamy, almost mousse like. ‘Sandwiched’ between rough crumbed edges of crumbed honeycomb and almond which were layers of vanilla parfait sandwich and sat on a base layer of salted caramel.

Did it taste as good as it looked? It was INCREDIBLE, so incredible that it was o r g a s m i c – yes, a second mini food orgasm. It totally blew me away, it was the best dessert I have ever had. Not just me, but we were all fighting for every single last bit! We probably should have ordered two servings of this!

The other dessert we shared was violet ice cream, chocolate ganache, sour cherry and clove meringue ($18) – another favourite apparently. I loved the chocolate ganache and sour cherry, the clove meringue was sweet. I am not usually a fan of meringue as its usually too sweet but this was just right, the violet ice cream was lovely, however, reminded me of potpourri! It was a relatively light dessert but we all ate this quickly so we could end with the delicious goodness of chocolate and salted caramel.

We scrapped everything off the plate – I probably would have licked the plate if no one was around. I did take another pause. I know it is still early in the year, but this undoubtedly has to be the best meal thus far. It will be very hard to beat, each course was better than the next, and each mouthful made me want even more.

Lastly, petite fours, chocolate mud cake – I was full but HAD to try. It was deliciously rich and incredibly sweet.

Andrew McConnell is the chef behind this, ex head chef at Circa (another restaurant which I like but didn’t get a chance to visit) before he ventured to open the successful but short-lived Three One Two. Now, with Cumulus and Cutler and Co under his belt, he has made a name for himself as one of Australia’s culinary icons.

The whole meal was just sublime, I didn’t want it to end. I can still taste the crackle in my mouth, the tenderness of the pork meat. Not to mention the ice cream sandwich – outstanding. I have to stop here, before I have another food orgasm.

It was indeed the best meal I have had this year and thus far!

GA’s ratings: 9.5 / 10

F’s ratings: 10 / 10

Cutler and Co

57 Getrude Street

Fitzroy, 3065


Ph: +61 3 9419 4888

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  1. F
    February 18, 2011 at 12:22 am

    desserts to die for!!!!!

  2. February 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I want that amazing looking egg!

  3. February 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Looks like a great place for a special dinner…the pork and the desserts sound lovely! Orgasmic even?

    • February 23, 2011 at 2:31 am

      definitely recommend going there for dinner when you are in Melb next but book now! definitely orgasmic 🙂

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