Time Out says
Australia meets Asia at this smart all-day dining spot.
What the Dickie? Yup, it’s an Australasian restaurant in Fitzrovia. That’s Austral-asian, as in, Aussie-meets-Asian-fusion, so don’t come expecting kangaroo steak or aboriginal prints. Instead, the decor is contemporary (perhaps too contemporary – I’m not sure there’s ever a time for banana-yellow seating) and there’s a menu much like that of a fashionable Sydney restaurant. But the cooking? A mixed bag.
The best dishes came from the Asian (specifically, Japanese) side – plump lobster and prawn gyoza; the terrific tuna tataki. From the more ‘Aussie’ camp, top marks only went to one item: the brilliant – and brilliant-value – lamington, which comes sold as an oversized petit-four for a mere pound (a pound!). But elsewhere, there were lacklustre chicken ‘poppers’, too-hard fries and a too-oily piece of halibut with a flabby skin, teamed inexplicably with an also-oily ‘yuzu’ hollandaise.
I adored the Aussie-slang-themed names of cocktails (U Beaut, She’ll be Apples), but my Choice Bro lacked depth. Still, the room was buzzy and service well-meaning. So maybe, if the restaurant’s kitchen can just up her game a bit, ‘she’ll be apples’ after all.
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Everyone knows Aussie's do the best brunch, so when this opened around the corner from my work recently I was super excited to try it.
I loved the decor from the second I walked in. Creamy yellow leather benches and scoop back chairs, modern, eye catching lighting, opulently laid marble tables and streams of light flooding in. Unfortunately the food didn't match up to the decor, however, on my visit.
I went for breakfast, and it is definitely not your traditional breakfast menu. Not an eggs benedict or full english in sight. Now I am all up for trying 'new' things, and although it takes a lot to make me branch out from my standard avo on toast order, I am more than happy to do so. This, however, unfortunately made me question ever branching out again as it was disappointing. I went for the smashed avocado with charred tomato, kale, feta, grilled sourdough and a side of bacon (you have to order the bacon per rasher which seems a little bit of a rip off!) The kale was over cooked (and as much as I like my greens, I am not sure kale at breakfast really works), the poached egg was undercooked and overall it was one of the saltiest dishes I have ever tried. There were 5 of us dining and every single person commented that their food was incredibly salty. I would have loved to wash it down with some water, or order a juice to quench my thirst, but after our initial order the waitress never came over again to top up our drinks or see if we wanted it anything else.
Service was also incredibly slow. Our food took nearly 40 minutes to arrive, which, for on a weekday in an area where lots of business breakfasts take place is far from ideal.
Such a shame, as I really thought I was going to love it. As it is so new, perhaps it is having some teething problems and will improve, but until I have heard it has I don't think I will be returning.
On the plus side, the coffee is very good, so perhaps just swing by for a caffeine fix.
We haven't even had a chance to go! Getting information about Christmas menus has been like pulling teeth. I've been messed around about menus, prices and dates for about a month and have now been told our plans are not feasible based on party size. Would not recommend if you're planning a meal for a group in the festive season!
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