Published on April 11th, 2016 | by Sophia Longhi0
Dickie Fitz, Fitzrovia
Summary: Don’t hold back on the Bone Marrow Butter, it is to-die-for!
Dickie Fitz brings the concept of ‘social all-day dining’ to Fitzrovia, endeavouring to see us through the day, from morning ’til night. But, don’t let this bring to mind some kind of canteen or mess hall; this is Fitzrovia, and this is all-day dining at its most refined – with a fresh, youthful makeover.
The dining room is bright and airy with large windows and high ceilings, and clean marble tabletops are paired with bright, canary-yellow chairs. Classic meets contemporary with Art Deco features offset by funky modern light fixtures – and this is a theme that makes its way to the menu, with classic dishes (oysters, beef tartare, pork belly, minted lamb) served in a contemporary way, inspired by the fresh flavours and ingredients of the Pacific.
Executive Chef Matt Robinson has taken inspiration from his sun-drenched homeland of Australia, incorporating punchy Asian flavours and clean Californian cooking. ‘Sunshine food’, by definition (a term that I love), that is made to be shared and feasted over, family-style.
We tried a feasting menu that started with a selection of the best finger food you could ask for – Truffle Macancini (they didn’t hold back on the truffle – delicious!), Sake Pork Ribs, Chicken Poppers and Oysters Kilpatrick, followed by some light starters – Tuna Tataki, Beef Tartare and Salt Baked Kumara with blue cheese and walnut. This, I enjoyed immensely and was reminded that Aussie fare isn’t all about the meat; in fact, this dish was so big on flavour and texture that I didn’t hanker after meat at all.
However, I didn’t exactly shoo away what came next: Rib-eye on the bone with bone-marrow, Lamb Chops with sake and mint, Lobster with wild garlic and chilli and Steamed Barramundi with dashi, cabbage and dikon. The silky bone-marrow butter that comes with the rib-eye is to-die-for – you, as I did, will find yourself spreading it lavishly on top of each fork of steak, making every mouthful feel outrageously decadent. Don’t hold back – it’s too good.
We finished with an array of sweets: Chocolate Fondant with salted peanut and burnt marshmallow; Banana Bread Sticky Toffee; Kaffir Lime Panna Cotta and Lamingtons. Dessert here is no time to be demure and say you have no room left – they are all sublime. If you really are struggling for room, at least try one of the ‘Mrs. Robinson’s Lamingtons’, a typical Australian mini-dessert, that is so light, fluffy and gorgeous, it just rounds the meal off perfectly. The food is accompanied by a range of New World Wines, exotic cocktails, Australian beer and, of course top-notch coffee to finish.
All-day dining as a concept might sound chaotic and a risk to the quality of service and food, but Dickie Fitz appears to achieve it seamlessly. Everyone is welcome at any time of the day and its Australian edge gives upmarket dining a bright and friendly wake-up call. As somewhere that champions all things fresh, it’s no surprise that Dickie Fitz itself adds something fresh to the London dining scene.
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