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Published August 13th 2019
Saxe Kitchen Now Open
In a subtle building on Queen St in the Melbourne CBD, Joe Grbac, Owner and Head Chef, is serving diners a more casual fare and dining experience with the addition of Saxe Kitchen to the ground floor of his renowned restaurant – Saxe.
The two-storey restaurant now offers two different dining experiences allowing guests to choose to dine in the new more casual, intimate space on the ground floor, or for something more refined, dine upstairs at 'Saxe'.
Now offering a casual dining experience, Saxe Kitchen is open on Queen St. Image:provided
We stared with the coppo collo served with a tangy brussel 'kraut' and truffle (above) before moving to their popular, pancetta, potato flat bread, nigella, green tomato dish (pictured below), both divine.
Pancetta on potato flatbread with nigella seed and green tomato at Saxe Kitchen.
Next up, the purple carrots with toasted sunflower seeds, onion and cumin. It's a dish you might be tempted to pass over on the menu as on paper it sounds simple, but the flavour is rich and delicious.
The carrots with toasted sunflower, cumin and onion.
Next up, the freshly-med in house goats ricotta with celeriac, watercress and walnut is also a winner. (below) The produce is always the hero of the meal and Joe's brilliance is in honouring it with simplicity and ingenuity.
In-house made goat's ricotta with celariac, walnut and water cress.
Last up was the gnocchi with a ragu of pork, tomato and parsley. A rich dish with pillow-light gnocchis. (below) Also highly recommended (and devoured before a photo was taken) is the signature beef cheek served with broth, noodles, and Chinese vinegar.
The gnocci with pork ragu, tomato and parsley at Saxe Kitchen..
It's the perfect place in the CBD for a professional working lunch or a casual bite with friends and the sharing style concept is ideal for the space.
With a solid cocktail and wine menu, it's also a great spot to grab a cheeky drink with your meal as well. It's energetic, buzzing and brings an atmosphere of the perfect place to come with friends and catch up over a glass of wine.