For those of you who lived, grew up in, or at least have visited Melbourne, the name Fitzroy would surely ring a bell. But for the rest who haven’t (me included), this place gives you a little taste of the city. Fitzroy is the city’s mecca of all things artsy, creative, bohemian, quirky–a lively scene filled with art and music, combining a variety of different characters, tastes, and personalities. As for the wolf-like icon, it is in fact a dingo, a free-ranging dog found mainly in Australia, and some parts of Southeast Asia.
Housed within a building of boutiques, FItzroy is a charming and cozy place for a proper meal, or for drinks. Complete with an al fresco dining area, it is becoming a venue for nostalgia while giving the unfamiliar a little taste of Melbourne in the midst of Jakarta. The four owners and operators of the restaurant were residents of Melbourne so it is no surprise they have decided to bring home a little part of what they loved about the city.
The unique and eye-catching interior is cleverly designed by the sweet and ever-smiling Bunga, who currently also takes care of marketing for the restaurant. As for the murals, they are hand-painted by talented local artist Spencer who plans on re-designing them every 3 months. So every now and then, you’ll get to see something different.
The extensive menu features a whole lot of choices (seriously), and you almost can’t go wrong with any of them. Happy was I to find that they were, for the most part, what I would consider comfort food! And yes, their specialty Gyu Tan Don is a must-try, although I would, too, recommend exploring other options. A heads-up to all who’ve had the supposed original gyu tan don in Melbourne, this one will be more on the sweet and less on the savory side. It’s no secret that Indonesians have an inappropriately sweet tooth.
Apricot Jar Tea | 38K
Your remedy for a hot day: apricot tea with chunks of peach.
Mint Condition | 38K
Strawberry and kiwi mocktail with a hint of mint.
Brother Baba Burger | 68K
Deconstructed burger with a homemade cheese-stuffed beef patty, served with a side of potato fries or sweet potato fries.
Start by refreshing your palate with a mocktail or flavored iced tea (the above two are recommended). Since Fitzroy’s portions are generous (thank you!), I’d recommend ordering to share so everyone can get a bite of different dishes. The burger was quite hefty, and surprise–the cheese was stuffed within the patty! Warning: your diet will fail if you decide to order this little guy. But then again, who’s on a diet?
Supper Inn Baked Rice | 48K
Oven baked rice with chicken and mushroom in a white sauce.
–The baked rice is another non-guilt-free option. But then again, who eats to feel guiltless? This one was very filling, as you can imagine. And it is as big as it looks. I love baked rice and the creaminess and cheesiness of this dish, but I warn you: a little bit goes a long way. So, make sure you are sharing (unless of course, you don’t want to).
Mr. Moo’s Gyu Tan Don | 58K
Thinly sliced gyu tan (ox tongue) marinated in the house special sauce served over rice.
–The famous gyu tan don we liked very much. It was sweet and spicy, filling but not too heavy. Overall, a must-try for gyu tan lovers as well as for those who haven’t had gyu tan or are perhaps disturbed by it.
The Jam Factory | 125K
A blend of vodka, Baileys, Frangelico, hazelnut, peanut butter, and oreo.
Dolce Peach and White Choco Pizza | 45K
Homemade pizza topped with peaches, melted white chocolate, and vanilla ice cream.
Friends of Mine | 250K
A shabu-shabu cocktail: a pool of Bombay Sapphire with chunks of watermelon, melon, and strawberry.
Last but not least, a fun way to end the meal: a shabu-shabu cocktail! In case you’re not amused by the idea, the watermelons are supposed to be beef slices, the melons meatballs, and the liquid alcohol soup. Come on, this is amusing. Get into it.
Spending wise, you’re looking in the range of 80-150K, and more with alcoholic drinks. For a proper, sizable meal, I thought this was well worth it. And the food was actually tasty. I’ve come to realize that the difference among a mediocre, good, and great restaurant is attention to detail. I have to say Fitzroy definitely paid attention to detail in the way dishes are served, plated, and meant to be enjoyed. So, hop on over for a bite or drink, make sure to bring a friend or two so you’ll have an excuse to order more than you should. Cheers!