SO WHAT HAPPENS AT BROADSHEET’S RESTAURANT?

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BY JO RITTEY

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What happens when those who put the spotlight on Melbourne’s cuisine become the ones coming up with the goods? Jo Rittey lifts the lid on the intentions behind Broadsheet’s pop-up restaurant.

 

In a space destined for urban living and retail, the Broadsheet Restaurant is like a big three-dimensional cookbook profiling Melbourne’s finest and brightest culinary genius. And Broadsheet should know. They’ve been to them all.

 

The concept behind the restaurant is an extension of what Broadsheet does online; exploring and celebrating Melbourne’s best, and, highlighting businesses they think are great.

 

“Everything about this project has been collaborative.” Said Caroline Clements, Publication Director for Broadsheet.

 

 We write about restaurants and cafes all the time [but] we don’t know how to run one. We’ve been really lucky to bring in some great people.”

 

When the space on Gertrude Street became available for three months, the Broadsheet team saw a window of opportunity and grabbed it.

 

“We wanted a sophisticated environment with great food, great design detail, great service but which still felt like a casual, accessible space,” said Caroline.

 

Their vision is to showcase every aspect of Melbourne’s hospitality industry; from those behind the coffee machine to those who specialise in dessert to those who create incredible breakfast dishes.

 

The menu features favourite dishes from Top Paddock, The Kettle Black, Auction Rooms, Tivoli Road Bakery, Five Points Deli, Grain Store, Coda, TONKA, AnadaTown Mouse, The Estelle, Huxtable, Pierre Roelofs, Philippa Sibley, Monsieur Truffe and Pidapipo.

 

The participating restaurants each submitted a selection of recipes, and each of the dishes was carefully considered to see how they would work together to achieve a perfectly balanced menu. Broadsheet Head chef, Georgina Damm, and her kitchen team have worked very closely with the chefs to perfect the dishes and their presentation.

 

“It was really about making the most of the relationships we’ve fostered. The restaurants, cafes, and bars on the menu are those we think are doing some of the best things in the city. It was about balancing the type of food and the people we have great connections with. Since Broadsheet first appeared six years ago, we’ve built a lot of great relationships with people in the industry, so that was quite a nice number and to be able to let them into our space and do something together,” said Caroline.

 

Daniel Wilson from Huxtable, one of the participating restaurants, said that while he tends to think that the pop-up is a bit of a cross-promotional gimmick, the promotion hasn’t hurt.

 

“There has been a lot of interest from the public and if it puts us in front of diners, that’s great.” Said Daniel.

 

He does, however, think that people will go back to the individual restaurants for a more rounded experience of that particular restaurant and chef.

 

Jamie McBride from Barry, Touchwood and Pillar of Salt, runs Front of House and selected and trained the Broadsheet staff.

 

The operation of the Broadsheet Bar is significant in its own right. Sally Humble, from Lûmé, has assembled the wine list; a small but considered offering. There is a selection from The Everleigh’s new bottled cocktail range as well as Welcome Drinks by Jack Sotti, the 2015 World Class Bartender of the Year, which were made specifically for the Broadsheet Restaurant.

 

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In a large, high-ceilinged space, which once was a hardware store and is now a quasi-holding room for future urban development, and a menu featuring competing restaurants and different culinary styles, the Broadsheet Restaurant risked being a wanky warehouse get together of all the cool people they know. And yet it’s not.

 

I have always been adamantly opposed to the overuse of the word curating in websites, beer lists and playlists. However, curated is the perfect choice of word for what Broadsheet have done. They have thoughtfully chosen those they wanted to work with in this way and those they knew the dining public would enjoy. They have created an opportunity for collaboration and celebration. And really, that’s what eating should be all about.

Check out our facebook page to win a dinner for two and experience the restaurant for yourself!

 

166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
The Broadsheet Restaurant
June 5–August 2 2015
Open: Mon & Tue 7am–4pm
Wed to Sun 7am–1am

 

Jo Rittey is a freelance writer who wants to live in a world where apostrophes are used correctly and smiles are genuine. When she’s not roaming the streets of the northside in search of great food, she likes getting lost in beautiful films and having wildly enthusiastic discussions with her friends. Check out her blog for more.

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