Fratelli Fresh & The Cut Come To Melbourne

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MELBOURNE | Fratelli Fresh and The Cut Steakhouse are 2 venues that have opened simultaneously in Melbourne’s historic building The Alfred. Most famous for housing Melbourne institution Mietta’s, it was most recently home to the short lived Stokehouse City. Sydney-based Urban Purveyor Group (“UPG”) have spared no expense in refitting the venue ($4m in fact) and The City Lane was invited to a “progressive dinner” which took attendees through all of the venue’s spaces.

Downstairs houses Fratelli Fresh, along with a side cocktail bar with couches and a range of drinks, including negronis on tap. Fratelli Fresh itself is a casual Italian restaurant, with the wood-fired oven and salumi bar the showstopping feature of the space. Pizzas are Roman style, using dough that undergoes a 48 hour ferment, and we were treated to a few of the flavours. Our favourite was the Prosciutto with Smoked Scamorza, San Daniele 24mth prosciutto and rocket. A nice crispy base and flavours with bite. Along with pizzas a range of Italian favourites like pasta, risotto, meatballs and an assortment of share plates are on offer. There’s even a breakfast menu.

Upstairs showcases more of the historical architecture of the building, and this is where you’ll find The Cut Steakhouse. It’s a classier, more refined vibe up here and when we walked in we were instantly reminded of a New York steakhouse which, we found out, is exactly what the idea was. The steaks are obviously the focus here, and can be seen ageing downstairs when you first walk into The Alfred. The huge meat locker houses around $100,000 worth of meat at a given time, and you can actually see the physical effect that aging has on the meat – the oldest cuts are on the top and look quite pink while the oldest cuts are down the bottom and have a much richer, deeper red/brown colour to them.

Head chef Tim Martin (ex The European, Woody P) is in charge of the menu on both levels, and is also in charge of sourcing the venue’s meat. Some of the best farms in the country are represented here – Sevens Creek, Black Market Rangers, Cape Grim and Robbins Island for example. Some of the meat here is super exclusive too. We were told by Martin about an entire wagyu carcass that’s being aged, the only one of its kind in Australia, that will people have actually pre-ordered and will get to eat when the ageing is complete (about 200 days). Ourselves, we tried the Robbins Island Wagyu 300g dry aged rump medium rare and it was as good as we’d hoped. Medium rare, nicely pink in the middle and simply seasoned it was super tasty and didn’t need any of the sauces that were on offer. A range of sides are offered, of which we got to try quite a few. For us, the buttermilk onion rings and bone marrow were the standouts.

To the side of the cut is another cocktail bar “The Library” where, like downstairs, you can relax and enjoy a drink or two. If the downstairs bar lends itself to cocktails, the upstairs bar has the kind of vibe that makes you want to order a whisky.

UPG going to be doing some different things with the space too. This Saturday 27 August will see the launch of “The Alfred After Dark”, a series of late night local and international DJ nights which will see the whole venue transformed into a high end cocktail and dance space from 10:00pm.

Choice is certainly not lacking at the Alfred, and we were impressed by what we were shown on our first visit. We’ll be interested to see how Melburnians react to each of the spaces and concepts as the months go by.

Fratelli Fresh

7 Alfred Place
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia

Telephone: 1300 253 733
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.fratellifresh.com.au/

Open
Mon – Sun: 7:00am to 12:00am

The Cut Steakhouse

7 Alfred Place
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia

Telephone: 1300 253 733
E-mail: n/a
Website: http://www.cutbarandgrill.com/

Open
Mon – Fri: 12:00pm to 3:00pm; 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Sat – Sun: 5:00pm to 11:00pm

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