After arriving back home from two weeks abroad in New Zealand, I had one free day which was spent eating out with friends and going to work before I had to catch a flight to my next adventure the very next morning.
We decided to meet up for lunch at Cider House, a spacious venue on Brunswick St that combined modern Australian cuisine with an impressive cider and craft beer list.
Lucky for us, we got to dine here courtesy of Zomato Australia – who had sent me some dining vouchers a while back in December. Knowing that I had $150 to spend here, I knew that I would need to recruit the help of some of my hungry foodie mates in order to make full use of the voucher.
Thanks for the treat, Zomato!
Many thanks also to Ben, the owner of Cider House, who was nice enough to accommodate us late in the month since both Jamie and I were overseas for the first half of January.
When we first walked in, I couldn’t believe how roomy and spacious the entire place was! We arrived right before they were about to open up so we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. Exposed brick walls, concrete floors and wooden furnishings on point much?
To start off, our table ordered the following three entrees to share:
Jamon & Cheese Croquettes $9.0
These ham and cheese croquettes came served with some garlic aioli on top – which was so delish! But when shared between four people, there simply wasn’t enough to go around 🙁
China Town Calamari $14.5
These calamari pieces were delightfully soft and well cooked too. As the calamari was tossed in pepper, chilli, crispy garlic and shallots – there was a nice kick to it. I think that this was my favourite entree of the lot!
Beef Fat Roasted Wedges $12.5
I’ve never had such square wedges before but these were pretty nice, I must say. However I’d probably prefer to stick to thinner, longer cuts as I found these to be quite filling after just having only a few.
Assortment of ciders
Ben was very helpful in going through and recommending us drinks from the cider list. The rest of the table got actual cider drinks while I (as someone who wouldn’t have been able to appreciate a nice alcoholic drink anyways) decided to go with pear juice.
Everyone seemed to have enjoyed their ordered drinks. Even me, with my glass of pear juice that made me feel like a little kid compared to everyone else hehe. It even came complete with a straw too! 😝
Mains of the day
Now moving onto the mains of the day:
Cider Braised Pork Belly $24.5
I had the crispy skinned pork belly dish with heirloom carrots, pan fried gnocchi, with apple and ginger puree. And when I say crispy – I really meant it. I had to spend a fair bit of my time trying to cut through that top layer of crackling. The pork belly underneath however was alright – not the best that I’ve ever had but at least the presentation was good. Also I found the dish to be quite salty overall – not just in the pork belly but also drenched in the vegetables.
Pan Roasted Barramundi $26.0
Both Jess and I had our eye on this barramundi dish from the menu. Served in a red curry sauce with a side of papaya, peanuts, cashews, lychees and bok choy – it sounded interesting, to say the least. But unfortunately it was a bit of a letdown. I didn’t think that the curry sauce paired too well with the fish and am a bit undecided about how I feel with the addition of papaya to the dish. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend ordering this.
Three Cheese Chicken Parma $21.0
Tony had the three cheese parma, which he says was good but not great. But at least it was a more than generous serving size which was really filling in the end.
Steak Frites $26.5
Jamie had the grass-fed porterhouse steak with, you guessed it, more beef fat roasted potato gems hehe! So much potatoe in one sitting.. Although the steak was a bit tough and hard to cut through, Jamie said that the flavours of the overall dish was good.
Thanks for the company, you guys!
Even though the food here was a bit of a hit or miss in our experience, we all still really enjoyed dining here courtesy of Zomato and Cider House. If I were to give out my recommendations for this place, it would be to come for the craft beers and ciders. And perhaps just order a few small sharing platters if you’re looking to nibble on something while enjoying your drinks!
Spacious, hip venue with a worthy cider list. Food here can be a hit or miss.
The Brunswick St Cider House
386-388 Brunswick St,
Fitzroy VIC 3065