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by Mon's Adventure (subscribe)
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Published June 21st 2014
St Kilda is full of places to visit, but in the area where my work lies, sometimes it can be a bit hard to find a quality place nearby to eat during your one hour break.

Luckily for us, Fitzrovia is merely a few minute walk. To be honest, this place did not amaze me the first time.

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Some interesting decoration

But the second time we were seated more inside the restaurant, as the outdoor area and the tables closer to the front feel a bit more casual. It's also harder to catch the waiting staff's attention in these spots.

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Sweet potato and caramelized onion fritters

The menu has an interesting range of items. The first time I tried these sweet potato and caramelized onion fritters ($17.50), but found the dish to be a bit salty due to the grilled saganaki or Greek fried cheese.

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Charred corn, avocado, quinoa, black eyed pea and pomelo salad

My colleague also ordered this charred corn, avocado, quinoa, black eyed pea and pomelo salad ($16), but found the dressing to not be to her taste.

Despite this, I enjoy that the menu has unique items compared to your usual brunch fare. They try to use local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients whilst they stock coffee by St Ali, a coffee I can vouch for quality.

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Fat chips

The service and meals on the second time seemed to do the trick a bit better. Something that surprisingly impressed me were these fat chips with chipotle aioli dip ($11.50). I do enjoy thickly cut chips, but these were so thick that the potato was steaming hot and juicy inside. It also had a good degree of crispiness and the seasoning and dip were excellent.

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Thick cut bacon with Gruyere potato cake.

I also loved my thick cut bacon with Gruyere potato cake and beetroot remoulade ($19). The bacon was almost as thick as a steak, and I never knew you could get bacon like that, whilst the remoulade provided a nice, flavoursome sauce.

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Toasted doorstop sandwich with bacon, mozzarella and pear relish

Meanwhile my other colleagues got the toasted doorstop sandwich with bacon, mozzarella and pear relish ($14) and a chicken, leek and tarragon pot pie ($18.50) below.

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Free range hicken, leek and tarragon pot pie

Fiztrovia is definitely a place to visit for a filling meal and nice atmosphere. The seating closer to the entrances and outdoor seats are more for your casual catchup - but with winter here, a table nicely tucked inside the restaurant is more ideal and will receive swifter service.

If you're around the area, I would make a stop by but you might find their menu items a bit hit and miss, so judge for yourself! Another option is to try their great takeaway sandwiches or their daily tart, so you'll find plenty of options.
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Why? To try this cafe's unique dishes
When: Mon-Wed 7am-3pm, Thurs-Fri 7am-9pm, Sat 8am-9.30pm, Sun 8am-9pm
Phone: (03) 9537 0001
Where: 2/155 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Cost: $15-$25
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