All posts tagged: Gertrude st

The Broadsheet Restaurant / Fitzroy

As the time the Broadsheet Restaurant is open comes to an end we returned for an evening. It was surely fate because we found ourselves seated in the exact same place as our last visit despite the incredible improbability of such a thing. The atmosphere really changes at night. Despite the large size of the restaurant it feels intimate, and despite the abundance of people and the hum of diners it feels private. The service was friendly and personal, the staff don’t mind having a laugh with you. It was early on a Wednesday night but they were under the pump and it showed despite their best efforts. Luckily our drink orders were taken on arrival so we had something while we waited. The drinks at the Broadsheet Restaurant are designed to welcome to you to your meal, to clear your palette and refresh the senses.  Don’t worry, you’re in good hands, the drinks have all been designed by Jack Sotti, the 2015 World Class Bartender of the Year. We went with the Gin and Tonic and …

Catfish and Sparrows Philly Cheesesteaks / Fitzroy

Welcome to the Catfish, one of Melbourne’s many pub venues located on Gertrude st, Fitzroy, the heart of North side cool. Saturday night is their blues night and before the band comes on you’ll hear a mix of grungy old school, covers and a some new stuff. Like many places, Catfish is dimly lit and sparsely decorated, there’s a mix of young and old patrons and a sometimes obvious clash of style and culture between them. Walking through you’ll wind past tables and the kitchen to a beer garden out the back, a second bar upstairs, or simply situate yourself at the bar or out the front. Catfish serve up drinks and food, and though we were here for the blues, the fabled Philly Cheesesteak from Sparrows was a significant draw card for us. Never had a Philly cheesesteak? Well it is as it sounds, thinly sliced steak, melted cheese, served in a bun and hailing from Philadelphia in the US. The food is all made by Sparrows and you order and collect your food …