Cutler & Co – Gertrude St, Fitzroy

All hail Andrew McConnell. Just when I thought nothing could top Cumulus with the incredible freekeh salad,  insanely delicious crispy prawns, 10 different types of oyster, (and let’s be honest, what’s not to love about a menu that offers, amongst other delights,  a whole tin of Ortiz anchovies as an entree?),  I had the recent pleasure and privilege of dining at Cutler & Co with some of my favourite dining companions.

The interior is sleek,  tasteful and individual, with an inviting open bar space at the front, and a private dining room option at the back. You can see into the kitchen from various vantage points, the wine list goes on for days, and the staff were professional, friendly, and looked happy to be there. The automatic sliding door which could easily be mistaken for some type of textured glass artwork rather than a portal to the the bathrooms was somewhat of a novelty, but again, tastefully done.

Having despatched an imaginative cocktail which involved maple syrup, we got down to the business of ordering.

We opted for a trio of entrees including a very pretty sashimi-style arrangement with caviar and nasturtium petals, Mandarin duck cooked three ways including a boudin noir (black pudding sounds more appetising in French, n’est ce pas?), and a magnificent salad with carrots and radishes. All delicious, with faultless presentation and offering exciting flavour combinations. For main, the gnocchi was a mouthwatering combination of taleggio, cauliflower and pea salad, and coupled with the beautiful fresh bread (a weakness),  sadly ruined me for any chance of dessert.

C’est la vie, we’ll just have to go back for that.

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