Backstreet Bar & Grill, Fitzroy

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MELBOURNE | Backstret Bar & Grill takes its name from the back streets of Fitzroy in which it is located, and is a modern neighbourhood bistro that strives to provide quality seasonal food with a sophisticated wine menu. An urban exterior is complemented by window-lined benches and seats that look out to the street, inviting you to watch the world go by as you sip on a glass of local wine. The interior is just as impressive, exuding a classy yet casual ambience, with their extensive wine list showcased on wine racks lining the walls.

Calling Fitzroy home for about 5 years, Backstreet Bar & Grill is starting to offer something unique: dry aged beef. An extensive process of drying and dehydrating fresh meat that usually requires at least 30 days and a cool room set to 1-3 degrees, this method breaks down the enzymes within the meat, resulting in a more flavoursome and tender piece of meat at the end. The longer the meat is dry aged, the better the result. This was evidenced in the eye fillet we ordered, whose succulent juices remained inside the beef instead of leaking out onto the plate. The beef at Backstreet Bar & Grill is all grass-fed and locally sourced from Gippsland, before being dry aged for 55 days in a cool room downstairs, next to the private dining room.

Backstreet is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with daytime options including dry aged beef used in steak sandwiches and homemade pies. The Charcuterie board showcases a selection of house-cold meats including prosciutto, sopressa, duck and pistachio terrine and chicken liver parfait, with accompanying pickled rhubarb to add some sweetness to the cold meats. The main dinner menu consists of mainly pastas and proteins, with flavours influenced by Italian and modern Australian cuisines. We would highly recommend the Fresh Fettuccine with mushrooms, spinach, caramelized radicchio, hazelnuts, whipped ricotta and Shiraz reduction, with the option of replacing the hazelnuts with confit duck. Although a bit on the sweet side, the cooking of the pasta and ingredients are all on point, presenting a modern take on a classic Italian dish.

Throughout our experience here, the service was impeccable, which is something the restaurant prides themselves on. The interaction between staff and diners, as well as owner Stuart’s personable skills when chatting to us and other customers, showed us the commitment that they have in providing a memorable experience for everyone, and enhances the local ambience you feel in this back street restaurant. Backstreet Bar & Grill’s ultimate goal is to be ranked within the top 5 steak restaurants in Melbourne. Based on what we experienced, and the unique food, wine and exceptional service they provide, they are well on their way to achieving this goal, and we can’t wait to see what else they have in store going forwards.

Backstreet Bar & Grill

152 Kerr Street
Fitzroy
Victoria 3065
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9417 1212
E-mail: n/a
Website: http://backstreet.com.au/

Open
Mon – Tue: 7:00am to 4:30pm
Wed – Fri: 7:00am to 11:00pm
Sat: 8:00am to 11:00pm
Sun: 8:00am to 4:00pm

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Starting out her career as a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor, Nicole’s professional expansion into the food publication industry came as no surprise to those who saw her genuine passion for food develop over the years. Her appreciation for food doesn’t just entail tasting different cuisines, but also learning about the inspiration behind a dish, and about the story and people behind a venue. Food writing provides Nicole with a creative outlet to share her insatiable appetite with others, whilst food photography enables her to permanently capture the beauty and creativity that is fleetingly shown on the plate. Helping venues to manage their Social Media is a further example of Nicole’s desire to delve deeper into this ever-growing industry. Her love for eating fuels her passion and motivation for maintaining an active lifestyle, with running, hiking, Pilates and travel just some of the ways she manages to stay fit and healthy!

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