Adam and I stumbled upon Little Creatures Dining Hall yesterday afternoon while on a stroll around Brunswick St, looking for clothes. Modeling itself on its Fremantle predecessor, LCDH Fitzroy can be described as a cross between a cafeteria and barn house with its enormous cavernous interior and communal tables which seemed to be full even at 2:30pm. Stepping into the beer hall, one may understandably be all “what the heck do I do?!” as they survey the former warehouse space, wondering whether they’re supposed to order at the bar or whether a waitress was supposed to seat them.
Our hot chips ($7.00). They were thicker than your average shoestring fries, home-cut with their skins still on which meant that they were crispy. They also tasted like they were basked in the lightest sprinkling of rosemary. They would have been perfect, too, if they were taken out of the fryer a minute earlier as some of them err on the burnt side. As for the “mayonnaise”? It tasted more like a heavy creme fraiche and didn’t go down too well with the chips. A little tomato sauce would have probably been better.
Adam’s salami, mushroom, tomato and fior di latte pizza ($18.00). This was definitely a surprise package. A crispy thin crust held together a wonderful mixture of fresh mushrooms, spicy salami and a delicately salty fior di latte (mozzarella made from cow’s milk) which would put a lot of restaurant that serve so-called “artisan pizza” to shame. My only minor gripe would be the use of parsley rather than basil on top which didn’t really do much for taste.
My beef burger with chips ($17.00). I haven’t had a “toffy” burger from Rockpool or Cafe Vue so my next statement should be treated with a grain of salt. Methinks this burger sits on the burger continuum between a fish and chips shop burger and a connoisseur David Blackmore wagyu burger from Rockpool Bar and Grill (which I’m going to try next weekend, wooo!). It is not terribly big but it has a helluva lot of taste and is definitely very filling. The beef pattie, while tender, may have been a little too sweet for my liking (too much Worcestershire sauce) but was offset by the nuttiness of the melted gruyere cheese and the creme fraiche-slash-mayonnaise that came with the chips. Amongst the usual salad trimmings, there was a sweet onion relish which would have been a great addition had the meat been not as sweet. Still, it was better than your average pub burger.