I should know this by now; finding a park in Fitzroy around dinner time is as complex as parking can get - but everyone knows its because this is the place to be.
Upon entering, the waiter showed us to our seats and kindly requested to take our jackets and hang them up for us while we studied the menu. I usually like to save my calories for the food, so my usual drink order is a glass of water - however it was difficult to look past the house-made soft drinks menu - and with Turkish Delight being listed as one of the flavours? I had to give it a try!
|House-made Turkish Delight soft drink|
|Pumpkin and paneer fritters|
The menu is made of a series smaller portioned dishes that are designed to be shared, so the general rule of thumb is to order a few different meals on the menu - always a plus in my books!
|Fisherman's pot pie, with a side of threefold quinoa salad and chat potatoes with sour cream|
The chat potatoes were my ideal bite size - soft and tender, and complemented perfectly with a tasty dollop of cool sour cream.
Finally, the salad - to balance out our carbohydrate-fuelled meal with some fibrous grains and deliciously seasoned greens. The potent mint lime dressing definitely transformed this otherwise ordinary side salad into a mini meal of its own.
Despite the smaller portions, we were stilled filled up to satisfaction and had to give dessert a miss! Our 2 course meal and drinks ended up costing $52 all up.
With innovative breakfast/brunch, and dinner menus at perfectly reasonable prices, super friendly and non-intrusive staff, and chic and stylishly alternative restaurant design and location, it's definitely worth another shot - perhaps for breakfast next time!
Hammer and Tong 412
412 Brunswick Street,
Fitzroy VIC 3065