It was a dark October morning and before I headed to work, I was treated to a lovely start to the day at Dickie Fitz in London's lovely Fitzrovia. Unlike its neighbouring Soho, Fitzrovia has not yet sucuumbed to the chain-restaurant disease and still has a few charming independent pubs, cafes and restaurants. By way of evidence, my all-time favourite breakfast spot, Lantana, can be found on Charlotte Place.
Dickie Fitz is sophisticated restaurant, recently replacing a pub on Newman Street and when you walk in you can't help admire its impressively high ceiling which provides the backdrop for several dramatic spherical 'dandelion' lights. But rather than making you feel intimidated, it's eye-wateringly canary yellow seating set against crisp, white walls and grey, marble tables feels very welcoming.
I learnt that the Aussie head chef was flown over to create a menu "inspired by the fresh flavours and ingredients of the Pacific", which, to me, means it has to have a great breakfast menu, with the obvious smashed avocado with charred tomato, kale, feta, grilled sourdough (£10.00) to the less obvious porridge with coconut, jasmine, raisins, banana, honey (£5.00).
We went for the "zucchini" (or courgette to you and me) fritters, with charred tomato, wilted chard, roasted portobellos and goat’s curd (£8.50). It was pretty special and ever so slightly gooey and satisfying in the centre, lifted by the sharp goats curd, while the wilted chard and portobellos were solid accompaniments.
Next up were the buttermilk waffles with salted peanut, yogurt and fresh strawberry syrup (£8.00), which rounded off the meal pretty nicely - especially the compote syrup.
A little spot of finery in Fitzrovia, which, in true Aussie style, doesn't take itself too seriously.
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