DUKE OF KERR, FITZROY: Melbourne’s Fitzroy never fails to surprise with its eclectic range of new Melbourne food spots, and Duke of Kerr is one to join those ranks. What makes it special is that it’s a classic brunch spot with the facility to also provide a dinner menu – my special highlight of the night being their unique, beer sponge cake, which definitely left me craving for more!
The good fat: Our entrees were both well-seasoned and had sharp hints of chilli which provided a strong start (and also great for a chilly, rainy Melbourne day) The baby octopus was tender which worked nicely with the crisp crunch of the toast. Delicious rye crisps were a highlight in the beef tartare, forming a great base for the smooth, acidic flavours of the tartare.
Our fish of the day was salmon, and the eggplant puree on the side seemed to outshine the fish itself – it was seasoned with a sharp acidic kick that resembled a vinaigrette, a burst of flavour in my mouth that was simply delightful with the earthliness of the mushrooms and crispness of the fish skin.
It is not rare that desserts are the highlight of my meals, and this was no exception. A truly unique experience to try a beer cake – with the earthy/carbiness of the beer a very subtle backdrop to the moistness of the sponge cake itself – a delicious dessert! The caramel-like glaze drizzled across gave a warm sweetness. Likewise, the dark chocolate parfait was rich and thickened in consistency with small bursts of juiciness from the mandarin accompaniments.
The bad fat: The salmon was a bit dry, consequently lacked moisture. The pork cutlet itself was also overcooked and the “crispy” skin was barely edible – I had to saw through it as it had become incredibly hard. I also would’ve liked the poached pear on the beer cake to be softer, just retaining the slightest crunch instead.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – A cosy, suburban Melbourne brunch and dinner spot!
CHECK OUT DUKE OF KERR HERE: https://www.dukeofkerr.com.au/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Duke of Kerr for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration