With hubby out of town for the weekend, I was able to get in a few cafes I’ve had on my list for a while, that never really seemed to happen. It was an amazing Saturday morning, which called for a day at the beach, but first we had to energise ourselves. I’ve had Fitzrovia on my list for a while now, so was the perfect opportunity to check it off the list.
ATMOSPHERE & SERVICE
Located on busy Fitzroy Street, just a short walk to St Kilda Beach, this is the perfect location to catch up with friends. The space is split into a few different areas, consisting of the large outdoor space with ample seating and the upper level with additional seating. Being a beautiful morning, it was a must to sit outside and get in some serious people watching in while we enjoyed our breakfast.
Inside, the space was once an old Victoria style home, which they have kept elements of to stay true to its history. Wood furniture, old timber floor boards and large bookshelves add to the overall homey decor.
On the second level you will find the large open concept kitchen, where you can watch all the magic happen right before you. The service throughout was very attentive and friendly, making sure there wasn’t a wait for menus, drinks or our food.
St Kilda has its fair share of amazing cafes and restaurants so my bar was quite high when we arrived at Fitzrovia, especially from all the hype it’s gotten over the last few months. Thriving off the use of locally grown produce, I was expecting extremely fresh and flavourful dishes.
I decided to go with the ‘Homemade Cranberry & Almond Bircher Muesli’ served with seasonal strawberries, fresh pomegranate, sunflower seed brittle and vanilla yoghurt. For a restaurant that pride themselves of fresh, wholesome dishes, I was a bit thrown off when my dish arrived within a few minutes of ordering when the restaurant was full. To me, this meant the dish was pre-made, sitting and waiting for someone to order. Doesn’t seem too fresh to me.
It could have been I had the beach on my mind, but I wasn’t overly impressed with todays Muesli. From a cafe that has a high reputation, I was expecting more. We are spoilt for choices when it comes to breakfast in Melbourne and although I’m glad I’ve checked it off the list, I don’t think we will be back soon.