Honestly, it was the name that enticed me to book this restaurant for my bimonthly catch up with Ms Mitchell. Quickly followed by wanting to re-live through my tastebuds my trip down under some (ahem) 14 years ago!
Dickie Fitz brings all day dining to Fitzrovia via a Pacific inspired menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner you can have it all here. Along with weekend bottomless brunches with a whole suckling Iberico pig if your heart desires.
The restaurant is over two floors and is bright and airy with high ceilings, large windows, marble tabletops and vivid canary yellow chairs. Its offset nicely with Art Deco features and contemporary lighting. The decor definitely adds to the theme of the place and to the sunshine menu created by Sydney born chef Matt Robinson.
Dinner was on the agenda for this visit. Decision making was non-existent for me, the menu is not very veggie friendly (note to chef), with only a couple of starters and one main course. A few more on the small plates and sides, but if it was small eats I was after I would have booked a tapas restaurant.
Sporting a sore throat that evening I opted for a soothing starter of wild garlic & nettle soup with goats curd (£6.50).
As the vibrant green liquid was poured into my bowl I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. The delicate flavour of the wild garlic was a perfect contrast against the tangy goats curd. If I wasn’t sat in a restaurant, I would have licked my bowl clean.
The lobster and prawn gyozas were hoovered up in super quick time too.
My main of baked eggplant, tofu, edamame and miso (£14.50) was stunning to look at and eat. The melt in your mouth baby aubergine was succulent and sweet, and cleverly set against crunchy beansprouts and succulent edamame. And those Asian flavours coming through the miso sauce sparked the whole dish into life.
It was accompanied by the most delicious Jersery Royals, slathered in a mint paste and topped with roasted macadamias (£4). I’ll be trying the macadamia trick at home!
Ms Mitchell described her main as the prettiest lamb leg and belly she had ever seen. It was served with tabbouleh, pea and yuzu. Apart from a slight stringyness to the lamb it was full of flavour and freshness.
And of course there were fries (£4). Minus the chicken salt, so that I could tuck in too. I mean what’s with the chicken salt?
It was all washed down with a half bottle of Viognier (£18). Australian of course.
Finally it was time for dessert, as we had our eyes on the cocktails we decided to share one of Mrs Robinson’s Lamingtons (£1 each)
A typical Antipodean dessert the fluffy chocolate sponge covered in coconut and ginger rounded the meal off nicely.
Our evening ended with a final perusal of the drinks menu.
Packed full of Aussie names like ‘U beaut’ and ‘Choice Bro’, there was no contest really. The Tim Tam martini (vodka, espresso, kahula & honey syrup) and the Caramello Koala (Amaretto, Kahlua, Butterscotch Schnapps & Baileys) won hands down. Although strangely the waiter kept trying to change our cocktail decision so much so that I started worrying they had run out of Tim Tams!
And I think I pull off a Tim Tam moustache rather well…
Have you ever been to a restaurant that transports you back to a favourite holiday? Let me know in the comments box below.
Dickie Fitz | 48 Newman Street | London |W1T 1QQ
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