Cutler & Co
55-57 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065
If you’re after a truly memorable dinning experience then look no further than Cutler & Co. I’ve been fortunate enough to dine at some of the best restaurants in Melbourne and I have to say this is definitely up there with the best (I’ll actually go as far as calling it one of my favourites).
So what makes it so good? Everything! No really, everything. As soon as you walk into the beautifully fit out Gertrude Street restaurant you are welcomed by the incredibly friendly front of house staff. There wasn’t one staff member that didn’t greet us as we were lead to our table in the middle of the restaurant, which made us feel like we were right where we were supposed to be.
Once seated at our table, we both examined the menu and what was intended to be a quick dinner (a main and a couple of drinks), quickly turned into a three course meal with all of the trimmings. I mean how could we not, there were just too many dishes that we wanted to eat.
We started off with oysters (for my boss, they’re not really my cup of tea) and the heirloom tomatos (Heirloom tomato, silken tofu, black garlic & salted mackerel), which were delicious. I was amazed that what was effectively a tomato salad could be so tasty. It was a perfectly balanced dish and a great way to kick off our night.
For our mains we ordered the lamb saddle (Dry aged lamb saddle, confit belly & garlic sauce) and pork rack (Berkshire pork rack, confit strap, chicory & broccoli stem), with a side of potatoes (Roast sebago potatoes, smoked garlic & rosemary) and salad (Cos leaves, radicchio & apple vinaigrette).
My boss had the lamb saddle and had nothing but good things to say about it. He said it was tender, full of flavour and pretty much one of the best things he’d eaten in Australia (he’s based in Singapore).
Upon first taste of my pork, I had to second everything he said. The pork was, well, beautiful. There really isn’t any other way to describe it. It was tender, juicy and perfectly complemented by every other element of the dish. I was so full, but I kept eating until I had consumed every last scrap on my plate, it was too good to leave any behind.
I don’t usually give much credit to the side dishes, but it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t acknowledge the salad and potatoes. What’s the saying, you don’t make friend with salad? Well you’d make a stack of friends with this salad. That dressing was just divine. I was so full, but kept on eating it until I felt like I’d burst. The potatoes were just as good – they were crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and seasoned perfectly.
After a bit of a breather (almost an hour, we ate ourselves stupid and needed to wait until some space had become available in our stomachs), we were ready for dessert. The boss had the yogurt cream (Yoghurt cream, strawberries & pistachio shortbread) and I had the ricotta cake (Whipped ricotta cake, soft chocolate, sour cream & clementine). Wow, wow and wow! I asked my boss what he thought of his dish and he just smiled as he pretty much inhaled it, so I took that as a big thumbs up. From my perspective the ricotta cake was delicious! Again, I completely cleaned up the plate.
So what’s the verdict? It was simply amazing! If you’re looking for a great restaurant to celebrate an occasion, or looking to impress someone, or just want to enjoy a great meal, make sure Cutler & Co is at the top of your list.