The Kettle Black
50 Albert Rd South Melbourne, Melbourne 3205
The Kettle Black is one of Melbourne’s most trendy brunch institutions, instantly recognisable from its signature Victorian terrace exterior that stands out amongst the modern, glass surroundings. From the same family as the likes of Top Paddock (a personal favourite), and Two Birds One Stone, I definitely had high expectations when I ventured there for lunch one lazy weekend. As anticipated, there was a substantial queue, but luckily a coffee stand outside provided a hot drink while we waited.
A light dish with generous pieces of kingfish – I particularly loved the various types of tomatoes on the plate that looked amazing and added freshness and vibrancy.
Delicious brioche as expected, but I was disappointed by the small size of the fish and while all the flavours were good, I’m not convinced that it was worth the price.
A great comfort dish, but unfortunately the lamb was very fatty and a substantial amount had to be discarded. The potatoes were very tasty though, as was the rich, flavourful jus.
One of my favourites, this signature dish was, as always, deliciously indulgent and perfect to share at the end of the meal.
While The Kettle Black offers some good food options, I think the prices are on the steep side, most likely as a reflection of the beautiful dining environment. I personally prefer its sibling, Top Paddock, for its consistency and higher quality savoury dishes.