Sunday, April 1, 2012

Little Creatures Dining Hall and Ponyfish Island, Melbourne

Earlier in the year I visited Perth for the first time on a business trip. Perth is stunning. I had such a great time; the people are wonderful, the beaches are stunning and the food was great.. expensive, but great. And the red-eye flight back to Sydney.. not so great. But that's a whole other story.  

I was told by several people that I had to visit the Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle. As a huge lover of beer, I put this on the top of the to-do-list. An amazing set up, great food and the cheapest pints in Perth! After such a great experience in Perth, you could imagine my delight after stumbling upon the Melbourne Little Creatures Dining Hall in Fitzroy. 

After a short wait at the bar we were led to our booth in the dinning hall. In the spirit of trying everything, we opted for a few share meals. Above, fresh cut chips with garlic aioli $8.50.

The eggplant, spinach, dukkah, goats cheese pizza $18 was gorgeous. Also featuring a generous slathering of caramelised onions, the sweetest of both the eggplant and onion was perfectly paired with the cheese and dukkah.
 Carrot, walnut, beetroot, goats cheese salad $15
Later that evening we visited the very new, very trendy Ponyfish Island Bar. Like all good bars in Melbourne, Ponyfish island requires a trained eye to find the entrance. Located under the Yarra River Pedestrian footbridge, access is via what appears to be a set of emergency stairs. The bar itself is decked out in recycled tables and chairs, a few milk crates and lots of fairy lights. There is a limited menu, but we just opted for a few post-dinner ciders whilst enjoying the hipster crowd surrounding us.

Little Creatures Dining Hall
222 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
03 9471 5500

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Ponyfish Island
Located under the Yarra Pedestrian footbridge
(connecting Southbank to Flinders Street Station)
Entry via stairs.

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