Melbourne Dining: Cutler & Co
Yes I come back to Melbourne every year to see my family and friends and spend the holidays with them.
And yes I also come home to eat!
Melbourne is a melting pot of cuisine and is Australia’s dining capital. Chefs from around the world have even set up camp here of late – from Heston Blumenthal to the guys from Sweden’s, Noma. Just about every cuisine to fusion twists is on the menu daily in Melbourne and I’ve long given up on keeping a list of the places I want to check out when I’m in town.
This week I had the pleasure of returning to Cutler & Co. Andrew McConnell (of Cumulus and Supernormal fame) opened the restaurant in what was an old metal works factory in Fitzroy (Melbourne’s inner city north) in 2009. Accolades and awards later, it’s still kicking butt.
Slick, sophisticated lines and decor with an open kitchen, here the service is attentive but not invasive. The menu honours local and often unusual produce and is great for sharing style dining. We opted for the 6 course degustation that looked like this.
Bread selection with freshly churned butter, beetroot jam and Parmesan crisps with house curd
Hiramasa kingfish, calamari, avocado and horseradish
Zucchini flowers, burrata, fresh green almonds and grilled asparagus
Hervey Bay scallop, sea urchin custard and Otway shiitake broth
Braised short rib with smoked oyster and pepper sauce
Seared flounder, brown butter and pickles
Getting ready for dessert with a creamy strawberry palate cleanser and fortified sweet wine
Almond cream cake, warm chocolate and malted barley ice-cream
Signing of from Melbourne,