The Broadsheet Restaurant
166 Gertrude Street Fitzroy, VIC 3065
The newly opened Broadsheet Restaurant is probably one of the hottest food destinations in Melbourne at the moment. Housed in a temporary space on Gertrude Street, it boasts an all-day menu with food and drinks from a variety of the most popular cafes and restaurants around town. This collaboration allows diners to sample signature dishes all in one place, along with coffee from local roasters and a fantastic drinks menu.
The location is beautifully decorated with wooden tables, spacious seating and an open bar/coffee in the centre of it all, which really adds to bustling atmosphere. Arriving on a Friday night, we were told by the lovely waitress that there’d be a 45 minute wait, but were shown to a nice spot in the bar for drinks and some starters.
My Eton Cobbler is probably one of the most delicious drinks I’ve ever had – it literally tasted like an Eton Mess in liquid form. K’s Transatlantic Review packed an alcoholic punch but he felt the cold drip was overpowered by the strong whiskey.
To pass the time, we decided to go for the macaroni cheese from Huxtable. I have only one word to describe it – decadent. It was warm and beautifully cheesy, with little surprises of smoked mozzarella that added character to the dish. K and I devoured it in minutes, and I know I was wishing for more!
Kettle Black has been on my wishlist for a while now, so when I saw their signature Cape Grim burger on the menu I knew I had to try it. I quite enjoyed it – the serving of beef was generous and beautifully cooked, the black bun added fun aesthetic value, and the fruit relish was a delicious contrast to the fiery mustard.
K’s braised beef short ribs were fall-apart tender and full of flavour, which he loved, but I personally thought that the dish needed some freshness that the parsnip puree was not able to provide.
The real surprise of the night for me were the Jerusalem artichokes, which I’d never eaten nor seen before. When they were brought to the table, I initially thought that we were given roasted potatoes by accident. But after tasting a piece, I knew that this was an entirely new experience. They had the texture of potato – soft but with a bit of bite – but there was a subtle sweetness that really appealed to me. Paired with the sour cream and saltbush, it was a delicious combination that made my night.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the Broadsheet Restaurant. The service was practically impeccable – the waiters were friendly and chatty but unintrusive, and it’s clear that Broadsheet has done all they can to make the dining experience as pleasant as possible. I do wish that the menu changed at least once during Broadsheet’s 2 month tenure – especially given that the whole point is to showcase the offerings of local restaurants, which are endless. Despite the decent food, it really is the idea and atmosphere of the Broadsheet Restaurant that makes it so appealing, and I would definitely recommend a visit while they’re still open!