Albert St Food & Wine
382 Sydney Rd
Brunswick, VIC 3056
03 8354 6600
Location was interesting as well, right on Sydney Rd. While I’m not too familiar with that part of town, it always felt like a messy place to me. Driving in, Fakegf and I mused at how we’re visiting Brunswick more and more often for food these days. And we both laughed when she said “I normally wouldn’t drive into this area”. The shops lining Sydney Rd feels like a mad painter’s splash of businesses, and then all of a sudden there’s this: an old-style corner building, painted a dark modern grey, housing something tasty and new. I like it.
I should also talk about the staff too. They’re friendly… although I have to confess our waiter (with a tall, rooster-like, swoosh of hair) was juuust a little too warm and intimate with us. We Asians have a rather large zone of personal space, so kneeling down and cooing chillax talk right beside my shoulder and into my ear just made me feel a wee bit squeamish. But at the same time, he was also quite cute and I kinda wanted to pinch his cheeks. Aaaa… kawaiii!!
The much enjoyed saffron gnocchi, braised veal, broad beans, sage $28looked like small portioned dish, but it was actually quite filling. I am not familiar with the flavour of saffron, Ees tells me it’s usually paired with many other ingredients like in a paella, so it’s hard to pick out saffron from everything else. Here, you could taste just the saffron itself inside the gnocchi, and that flavour manifested as a plasticky whiff at the back of my nose which I found oddly delightful. I’m starting to like gnocchis now. The veal reminded me of home-style rabbit stews, very nice.
Our least favourite dessert was the Amoretti semi freddo, roasted apricots $14. I don’t know about you, but semi freddos sort of equates with me as ‘ice creams that aren’t cold enough’. No oomph! Nice apricots, though…
I believe Philippa’s snickers special – caramel peanut parfait, cheesecake base, chocolate ganache $15 was made famous by the Masterchef series. But if you think about it, any dish with caramel and peanuts is hard to not please. This dessert had a really lovely munch of said peanuts and caramel swirling everywhere in my head. Ees wasn’t as convinced though, he thinks it tasted too much like snickers, to the point that you might as well have a bar of snickers. Fakegf and I thought it was a really yummy dessert, but it was also a tad too sweet.