The Broadsheet Restaurant II
166 Gertrude Street Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Given the imminent closure of the Broadsheet Restaurant pop-up, I thought I’d return to test out a few more of the menu items that piqued my interest, this time for brunch.
As expected, the coffee was perfectly made and kick-started the meal nicely.
K’s cider poached chicken salad was fantastic and really unexpected, both in flavour and texture. The radicchio was unmistakably bitter, but this was complemented by the sweetness of the pumpkin as well as the cider undertones of the chicken. The chicken itself was tender and perfectly cooked. The surprise was the quinoa – toasted until super crunchy, they added a textural element that I’d never tried before.
I was particularly taken with my yellow duck curry, which was probably one of the better curries I’ve ever had. In particular, I appreciated the heat in the dish, something that is often neglected or muted in Western interpretations. In this case, the spiciness was punchy without being overpowering, helped in part by the creaminess of the curry. The duck was well cooked and the little piece of crispy duck skin on top was a nice touch.
Dessert, of course, comprised of the brioche French toast from Top Paddock. It was the epitome of delicious – the toast was fluffy and rich, the pear soft and sweet, and the sorbet had just enough acidity to cut through and lighten the dish.
Am I happy that I returned for round 2 at the Broadsheet Restaurant? Yes – the food was unquestionably better than the first visit. It’s only open for 10 more days or so, and I believe they’ll be holding a special Kong banquet in collaboration with Benjamin Cooper on 28th July, so if that appeals to you, definitely check it out!