Fitzroy Street

Croce via di Stasio – the beautiful bar next door

Croce via di Stasio – the beautiful bar next door

It’s 4.38am. My mouth is dry. My head is sore and I have hangover insomnia (as I call it). Last night I dropped in for a quick bowl of pasta at the new Bar di Stasio. And that’s where I went wrong. There has never been any such thing as a quick bowl of pasta at Cafe di Stasio nor will there ever be such as thing at Bar di Stasio, which last week celebrated its 25th year. I know […]

A Mexican Table fights for Fitzroy St

A Mexican Table fights for Fitzroy St

There I am, sitting opposite someone who has had more botox than expected and a smooth, smooth forehead. It’s the polar opposite to the chef to my left who has the hairline of Mel Gibson, the intensity of Russell Crowe and a brow so furrowed with concentration that it makes Gordon Ramsay look baby-faced. We’re in the St Kilda combat zone of Fitzroy Street, defined on the North by Grey St and the South by Acland St. It’s not a […]

Golden Fields lobster rolls for ever

Golden Fields lobster rolls for ever

I‘m obsessed. All I can think of is the lobster roll, or to be precise the “New England lobster roll, hot buttered bun, cold poached crayfish, watercress & Kewpie”. The bread roll, which comes from a Chinese bakery and is friend in butter is soft and sweet. The lobster is doused in japanese mayonnaise (which is better than American mayonnaise). Diced shallots bring bite and flavour. At $15 it’s better than any burger and constructed well, which means that nothing […]