Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Little Creatures, Fitzroy

little creatures

There are a lot of birthdays in June. In my family alone, I share a birthday with a cousin in Queensland, and another cousin Jess has her birthday the day after (she’s a few years older than me). Not to mention several friends whose birthdays also fall that week! Since we’ve never really celebrated together, Jess and I used the excuse to spend a girls’ weekend in Melbourne! I haven’t been there since October 2008 and was long overdue for a visit, so I was very excited about visiting what is probably my favourite city in Australia.

little creatures bar

Saturday was spent in Fitzroy, but with so many fabulous vintage and boutique shops to visit, we came back on Sunday as well! One of my favourite places in Fitzroy is the Little Creatures Dining Hall. I’d been there before, and also to the brewery in Fremantle a few times, but I loved it so much that I couldn’t wait to go back. Shopping is thirsty work and it was high time for a beverage. I had left my camera back at the hotel, so I’m doing something I’ve never done before and using only iPhone photos in a blog post! These were taken using an app called Shake it Photo for the polaroid effect, which I really love.

pipsqueak cider

We started with a Pipsqueak cider each. I’ve been into cider in a big way lately, and this is one of my favourites. Until now I had only tried it bottled, but it tastes even better on tap. And yes, we did order a second cider each later.

burger

For lunch, it was a hard choice between a pizza or the burger special. I’m a big fan of the Little Creatures chips, and that was the deciding factor. For me, the key to a good burger is to have both aioli and sauce and what a good burger this was! And the chips were fabulous as always! Happy sigh. I think my favourite part about them is that the potatoes aren’t peeled, so there’s a very slight chewiness to go along with the lovely crunch.

fish of the day

Jess had the fish of the day, barramundi this time, pan-fried with potatoes and sauce gribiche. She loved the crispy fish and it was a lovely match for the sauce, which I had heard of but never tried. It reminded me of a chunky tartare. It was actually great to see so many Melbourne restaurants offering fabulous vegetarian dishes, and this was one of them.

bill

Unfortunately we had no room for dessert, although the choices were very tempting – a quince and rhubarb crumble or warm cinnamon doughnuts that I’m sure would have been delicious! Our bill was brought out in a second hand book, a quirky touch. Somewhat appropriately we were given a cookbook, where I noticed other tables had vintage novels or children’s books.

little creatures

The Dining Hall is a perfect venue for a casual meal. I think this would be quite a busy, buzzing spot on a Friday or Saturday night and a great place to have a few drinks. The staff are knowledgeable and their friendly attitude adds to the whole appeal. Good food, good beer and good fun, in a city that really understands the value of all three. And if you're so inclined, you can borrow one of the bicycles and ride around the city! What more could you ask for, than for Little Creatures to open a restaurant in Sydney!

Little Creatures Dining Hall - 222 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

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8 comments:

Betty @ The Hungry Girl said...

I love your iPhone photos! They're so retro! Aww I love Melbourne. I'll definitely have to add this to my list the next time I get down there!

Stephcookie said...

Haha I love the second hand book for delivering the bill, what a cute idea! Ooh quince AND rhubarb crumble, so much awesome. Pity you couldn't fit it in :(

Simon @ the heart of food said...

Love the polaroid look. Gives a very old-world feel to the photos.

The burger and chips looks awesome. That would have been my choice as well :)

Jen (jenius.com.au) said...

Awww what a cute spot! I can't wait for another excuse to visit Melbourne again :-P

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

The Polaroid look is wonderfully nostalgic! That burger and chips is right up there as well =)

FFichiban said...

I may not be able to visit this place, but reading it and coincidentally I have a bottle of LC in my fridge which I might have to crack open hee hee

Lisa said...

Betty, thanks! That app makes any photo look awesome hehe. You should definitely try this place, I loved it both times I've been there.

Steph, I know, I really wanted to try it but that burger was massive! I'll just have to make it at home!

Simon, the burger was fantastic and those chips are the best. Thanks!

Jen, I can't wait to go back either. Bring on August!

mademoiselle délicieuse, it's a very cool app. and that burger was one of the best I've ever had!

FFichiban, I do as well! thanks for reminding me! Get into it, it's a lonnng weekend!

Rose said...

Wow, those chips really do look amazing!

But are you trying to say that fish is vegetarian? Cos it sounds like it.

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