210 Napier St, Fitzroy (map)
Chocolateria San Churro
277b Brunswick St, Fitzroy (map)
A few Mondays ago, Best-Friend-K and I were wandering along Brunswick Street wondering what to do for dinner. We were thinking of Ladro (I want to try their amazing stuffed olives again), but it and most of the Brunswick St restaurants we were interested in were closed! On a whim, we decided that a bit of pub grub down at the Napier could be just what the doctor ordered.
I first visited the Napier over ten years ago with my first boyfriend. I remember loving the front room all kitted out with Lions memorabilia (as a kid I'd barracked for the Lions, but I abandoned them once they went to Brisbane because I couldn't bear the thought of supporting a non-Victorian team), and it was at the Nape that I drank my first pint of Guinness! It was nice to go back for the first time in years and see that not much has changed.
What fond "first time" memories do you have of the Napier, or of any other classic Melbourne pubs? :)
I had the "Ulu-Roo" - grilled roo fillets with Bearnaise sauce served with fries and salad ($19) - hadn't had roo in a while, so ordered it when I saw it was on the menu. The sauce was unexciting but the meat was tender and the fries were very good.
K had the fish special (also $19). I'm afraid I can't remember what it was (soy, chilli and lemon were in the marinade, methinks), but the photo gives you a pretty good idea of the dish. K liked it.
We walked back to Brunswick Street and K suggested we stop off for dessert at San Churro. I hadn't been there before, but remembered Michael from Where's the Beef having blogged about it.
I wanted to try the churros ($8.90), but I prefer milk chocolate (okay, so I'm a heathen!) and K prefers dark chocolate. I went up to order two serves of churros... but the gringo behind the counter, bless him, asked whether we'd already had dinner and talked us into just getting the one serve of churros, with two little pots of chocolate. I'm awfully glad he did that, because there's no way we would have finished two serves! Michael felt the ones he and Cindy had were slightly stale, but ours were fresh and the melty chocolate was gooood... :)