Eat Your Way Across Fitzroy, Melbourne

In the northeast corner of Australia's second city, adventurous eaters can dig into delicacies from all across the globe.

By Pat Nourse, Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010, 12:00 AM

Cutler & Co. Dining Room and Bar

Hip hotspot
Landing a table at the perpetually packed 17-month-old Cutler & Co. Dining Room and Bar is no mean feat, but what many don't know is that seats at the bar are first-come, first-served. Spiced-quail pies, wagyu bresaola, and local oysters are just a few of the modern Australian dishes available to walk-ins willing to pull up a stool. 55-57 Gertrude St.,, wagyu bresaola $16.75.

Fresh take on tapas
The menu at 2.5-year-old Añada Bar and Restaurant, a humble, 50-seat Spanish spot, is anything but ordinary. Exhibits A, B, and C: cold-smoked swordfish with broad beans and ajo blanco (white gazpacho), beets with mint and labneh (strained yogurt), and pomegranate-and-orange-blossom sorbet topped with sugared pistachio nuts. 197 Gertrude St.,, tapas from $2.25.

Daytime diversion
Floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with thick-spined cookbooks, jars of homemade jam, and a vast array of single-malt Scotches serve as decor at Gertrude Street Enoteca. The low-key wine bar also offers indulgent midday treats like rich, Valrhona hot chocolate spiked with Caribbean rum. 229 Gertrude St.,, jam from $11.

Anglophile brunch
Fresh, house-made crumpets and baked eggs with potatoes, right, are the draw at Birdman Eating, where committed fans of a hearty British breakfast thumb copies of Vogue Italia near the bar—or crates of old soul albums at Northside Records, next door—while they wait for a table. 238 Gertrude St.,, crumpets from $7.

Modern sweets shop
The rare candy store with a gender-neutral vibe, Monsieur Truffe opened in 2008 and sells fancy chocolates from Venezuela and Madagascar—as well as the odd edible rooster—under an exposed-beam ceiling lit with industrial-style lamps. In the evenings, owner Thibault Fregoni leads chocolate-appreciation classes. 90 Smith St., 011-61/3-9416-3101, classes $46.

Turkish delight
When Ismail Tosun opened Gigibaba in 2008, he was one of the city's first chefs to turn a spotlight on Turkish cuisine. His menu delivers both familiar favorites (stuffed vine leaves) and lesser-known gems (za'atar-spiced cauliflower salad; iskender, steamed prawns with capsicum butter)—all on mismatched floral-patterned plates. 102 Smith St., 011-61/3-9486-0345, iskender $7.