5.339 TERSK Highlight : Miss Fitzy's Roasted Squid

-Cycle 5, Item 339-
10 (Wed) December 2014

Roasted Squid


at Miss Fitzy's

-St Kilda, Melbourne-


Mission to Australia, Day 5 (see previously 5.338 Wild Harrisa Spiced Wallaby).

In Melbourne on duty travel.  Participating in a "Training of Trainers" workshop to develop capacity-building programs for government officials towards strengthening their national laws on promoting healthy environments--e.g., tobacco control.  While the workshop runs through Friday, I'll be here until Sunday.

St Kilda is a municipality of Melbourne.  Located on the southeastern coast, includes a harbour, marina, beach.  The neighborhood is also a hotspot for hipster bars and restaurants, particularly along Fitzroy Street, from St Kilda Station down towards the beach.

TERSK (Try Every Restaurant in St Kilda).

Going back and forth between a strip of bar/restaurants lined up along the corner where The Esplanade turns into Fitzroy Street, perusing menus, unable to choose among so many enticing options, I decided to make things easy on myself and try them all.  One item from each establishment, one after the other, six total--a multi-course, multi-venue meal.  Plus noteworthy/proprietary beverages, if any.

TERSK 1 : Barcelona (25 Fitzroy Street)--Spanish.

 Estrella Beer from Barcelona.

Stuffed Portobello (3.0)--filling comprised a mash of carrot and squash, topped with parmesan and bread crumbs, baked, served in a sauce of parsley and olive oil; an auspicious beginning.

TERSK 2 : Miss Fitzy's (23 Fitzroy Street)--French/Australian.

Miss Manhattan: Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey + Punt e Mes (sweet vermouth) + bitters.

Madame Martini: Ketel One Vodka + Noilly Pratt (dry vermouth).

The highlight of the evening was Miss Fitzy's.  On the confident recommendation of the manager, I ordered the roasted squid, which came with caviar, chorizo, parsley, onion.  The squid was cooked to perfection.  Flavors well-balanced, from the brininess of the caviar and smokiness of the chorizo, plus a slight kick from spices.  If not for TERSK, I would've stayed to try more dishes.

As I'm lining up the shot, a dude walking from one end of the street (left of frame) and a chick walking from the other end (right of frame), totally unrelated as far as I could tell, converge on the spot at the exact same moment; without any hesitation, as if rehearsed, they simultaneously strike a pose, thumbs up, and smile for the camera--CLICK--then, again without any hesitation, they high-five each other and resume walking down the street in opposite directions--the entire episode lasting about 4 seconds, it was the weirdest, funniest, funnest, most random thing that has ever happened to me.

TERSK 3 : Elbow Room (19 Fitzroy Street)--Australian.

Classic Mojito: mint leaves + lime juice + rum.

Chilli, Lime & Coriander Prawns (2.25)--conceptually uninspiring and a tad too salty, but prawns and lime can't really go wrong.

Laika (9 Fitzroy Street)--Spanish/Australian (closed for the evening).

TERSK 4 : Bar Santo (7 Fitzroy Street)--Italian.

Mussels in Tomato Sauce (1.0)--clearly, the mussels had been frozen; the sauce was probably from a jar; the worst, and only truly terrible, dish of the project; getting full by this point, I was somewhat grateful that Rule 2.0 required me to stop after the initial nibble; in the background, Jim Beam on the rocks, nothing else worth drinking; also notice the pizza box, as explained below.

TERSK 5 : Sapore (3-5 Fitzroy Street)--Italian.

Signature Apertivo: Aperol + blood orange + Prosecco + dash of soda.

200g Chargrilled Pasture-Fed Eye Fillet* with a Truffle & Potato Galette, Caramelised Onion, and Smoked Bone Marrow Sauce (3.25)--after 4 appetizers, the lean cut was relatively easier to handle.

*The term "eye fillet" in Australia and New Zealand refers to what Americans would call "tenderloin."  From its ubiquitous presence on menus, it would appear to be an extremely popular cut for beef steak.  

The Sapore Sling (Fruttato Jim): Absolut Vodka + Chambord liquer + muddled strawberries + citrus + sugar + apple juice.

TERSK 6 : Lady Grange (1 Fitzroy Street)--modern Australian.

As Lady Grange was closing up early for the evening, I ordered a pizza for takeout.  Wanting to maintain the order of TERSK, I carried the pizza box from Bar Santo to Sapore and then back to my hotel room, where I had a slice to complete the project.  

What a meal: 4 appetizers, 2 mains, 1 beer, 6 cocktails.

St Kilda Beach Pizza (3.25)--free range chicken, brie, fig, rocket; ordinarily, I would never order pizza with fruit as a topping, but I liked the idea of ending TERSK with an item named for St Kilda; to my utter surprise, and delight, the figs worked quite well.


  1. what a moment. i love it when this kind of things/timing happen to me. the dude and the chick even look like models or actor/actress, gorgeous!

  2. i know, it's like TV commercial for gum or shampoo or something.