One Fitzroy Street
I first came to St Kilda, this was an ice cream parlour with table soccer and
a Star Wars pinball machine.
As reported last week, Melbourne
entrepreneur Chris Lucas and his partner, John Psanis, have sold Number One Fitzroy
Street after nearly nine years: the buyers are brothers Sunny and Ahmet Gjomakaj,
who formerly launched and operated the now-defunct Queen Street restaurant Medusas.
Lucas, who owns South Yarra's Botanical, came to restaurants after a career in
IT, and is widely tipped to have other restaurant projects in mind. Long-standing
chef-partner Psanis is staying on as executive chef.
The large room follows Fitzroy St around the corner. Its balcony
overlooks the yachts at St Kilda Marina and the urban tangle of overhead tramwires
along with their supporting poles. Heaters outside allow this perspective to be
enjoyed most of the year. Service is good and efficient and the wine list is splendid
- well priced with a good range of Australian and imported, particularly Burgundies.
Half bottles suit lone diners. There are some edgy combinations of food but technique
is good. Prices are very fair for the quality.
a warm summers night St Kilda is the place to be seen and One Fitzroy Street is
the place to be. Located on the corner of the Esplanade and Fitzroy St, you can
view all there is to be seen including out into the bay. There is a range of food
from pizzas, to pastas to salads and a reasonable wine menu. Kind of priced mid
range. If you want something more up market try the more formal restaurant upstairs
which has even better views!!!
The Age Good Food Guide 2005 "THERE'S no denying the appeal of this comfortable fan-shaped dining room with its wellspaced tables and grandstand St Kilda views. But you can't eat the view. Paul Wilson no longer consults to the restaurant, the menu is more conservative and the food has lost a bit of spark."
AGFG 2004, score 14/20. excellent bar
The Age, Epicure, Restaurants, 29/4/03, John Lethlean, Score 14/20. It has improved and should continue to do so, but the cooking still requires more consistency. The wine list is impressive and has clearly been designed by an enthusiast.
The Sunday Age, Eat Streets, John Lethlean, 1/12/02. "Stuff the turkey on Christmas day? You bet, so give a gift of the best festive fare."
The Herald Sun, Food & Drink, Dining out,
Stephen Downes, 9/7/02. Score 16/20. "Aspiring to the upper end of
the brasserie market, one fitzroy street serves very professional, well-cooked
and tasty dishes ina very competent manner."
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