Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Albert Street Food and Wine

382 Sydney Rd
Brunswick, VIC 3056

03 8354 6600

Executive Chef Philippa Sibley(Est est est, Odine, 2004 The Age Chef of the Year) has developed a beautifully rustic and wondefully tasty menu here at Albert Street Food and Wine. With the guiding hands of founders and managers, Stuart Brookshaw (Longrain and Bondi Icebergs) and Ruth Giffney (recipient of the 1998 Harpers & Queen Premier Cru award for service excellence) this Brunswick eaterie will no doubt get better and better.

The review that follows highlights the meal that we had on our first visit. I say our first because we enjoyed it so much we have been back a couple of times since. 


Bread and basil infused whipped butter
I love eating at places that aren't stingy with their bread as I am quite the Carbohydrate-aholic, no Dukan Diet for this girl.

Charcuterie Large   $36

Montagna   $17
Baccala   $15
Wagyu skewer   $20
Fritto misto   $35
Pizza bianca   $14
A pint and a Charcuteri board (well, a lemon lime and bitters for the pregnant me) is always a great way to start a meal, and this one definitely had a nice selection of meats to the get the taste buds ready for more.
The Montagna was next up and in honesty it wasn't really as mountainus as it's name suggests but it was still full of flavour.
The Baccala (salted cod) was fantastic and a very generous portion but it was so tasty I could have easily have had more.
For $20 the Wagyu skewers were a little steep. Lovely cuts of meat beautifully cooked, but still pricey for the size.
Deep fried goodness was next on the table. The Fritto Misto had a nice selction of seafood and veggies with a lightly and incredibly crunchy batter-exactly what you would want expect from this dish.
These people know how to make a pizza. We chose the Pizza Bianca, it was garlicy, cheesy and just damn delicious.


I'd like to quickly mention that on our last visit my husband had the Foie gras parfait, sadly I could not have any due to the pregnancy, but oh dear it looked amazing and I am assured by him that it was tasty and what a generous serving. For main we had the John Dory and the Confit Duck, and both were full of flavour. Would be happy to have them again.

Pedigree aside this trio have established an inviting eaterie, with a menu and produce to match. There really isn't alot else that needs to be said about Albert st Food & Wine. It is what you would expect from the experienced and talented staff that run it. Great decor, fantastic service, lovely larder and ofcourse, delicious food. Just go and enjoy.

Would I return? Yes

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  1. Oh, I haven't eaten baccala for decades! I had completely forgotten how delicious it can be. Love places which have larders as well, it's nice to grab something yummy on the way home. This place must be good if you've been back a couple of times: it's the perfect test.

    1. I haven't had an issue here with the service or the food, although I hear it can be hectic at night. I swear though as soon as baby is born I'm making my husband take me there so I can happily enjoy the foie gras. If you are in the area grab the baccala and pretend you are in spain!