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The Cut and Fratelli Fresh are new restaurants just off Collins Street on Alfred Place. The location is well known to many as the former Stokehouse. Fratelli Fresh is on the ground floor and is designed as a casual open style kitchen. The menu and wine list are heavily Italian influenced.
I was lucky enough to eat there a day before the opening and got the chance to try a wide range of dishes. The section of small plates is varied and perfectly portioned to share between two or three people.
My favourite were the polenta chips, although not really chips, they were square cut and crispy on the outside with a delicious soft centre. The Salt and Pepper Calamari was good but a little messy to look at and the meatballs had a surprisingly gooey cheese centre. The aranciata was a little too soft and insubstantial.
The highlight of the meal for me was dessert. The most intriguing item on the menu were the potato donuts. I'm a big fan of Scottish Potato pancakes so this was a no brainer. The donuts were light and fluffy and accompanied by a dark and rich chocolate sauce.
Fratelli Fresh obviously aims to be casual accessible as a meeting place after work. There's a small bar next door, but I can't imagine coming here without eating. The small plates were a highlight, but the absolute winner were the donuts.