A friend of mine has taken it upon himself to show this south-of-the-river girl all there is to love about the north, and so, over the past few weeks, we have been exploring vibrant Fitzroy.
After a quick stop at Little Creatures for cider, we found ourselves at Naked for Satan for $1 pintxos (‘pin-chos’) and vodka (an odd pairing, but somehow works). $1 pintxos! Bite-sized morsels of Northern Spanish fare, speared onto slices of baguette bread with toothpicks. You can have as many you like and pay at the end based on how many toothpicks you’ve collected (now now, honesty ensures that we can continue to enjoy such bargains :P). There’s a range of cold pintxos available for self service, as well as hot options that are distributed by Naked for Satan staff. Standouts for me were the eggplant chip with blue cheese and honey, roasted eggplant with roast pepper and cashews, potato and corn croquette and roast duck with chutney.
Naked for Satan is known for their house-infused vodkas, hence the restored copper distillation equipment that fills the bar. The drinks menu is full of cheekily named cocktails (as amusing as the over-the-top images papering the walls – not pictured as this is a kid-friendly blog :P) and I can imagine that any savings made from the cheap food can easily by wiped out by ordering drinks. I’m normally not much of a vodka fan but the Naked Mule cocktail mixing ginger-infused vodka with ginger ale was fantastic; quite sweet and refreshing, with a decent kick from the ginger.
In the mood for dessert, we made our way to Breizoz French Creperie for a little taste of Brittany (and a few games of Connect Four). The apple filled crepe turned soggy quite quickly but was delicious nonetheless. The almond praline was an absolute winner; a light, crispy, well-browned crepe topped with sugary, crunchy almond pieces. Love how the menu explains how to organise your meal – ‘There is no entrée or main course. Have one, then another, but save room for dessert!” – and I’m looking forward to trying some galettes next time.