{Review} The Commoner | Fitzroy | Melbourne ~ Farm, Feather & Fur Menu

The Commoner | Fitzroy | Melbourne

Let’s take a break from my kitchen for a moment, and enjoy a lovely lunch outside. I am not normally doing restaurant review on this blog. Most of the time, I am just too lazy to bring out my camera while enjoying the food and the atmosphere. But what if the place itself is so beautiful; it inspires me to take out my camera?

My friend kept on telling me how lovely that space was before I head out to the Commoner. And it was, with a little surprise. Looking at their website, I envisaged a noisy and edgy bar. But in reality, the restaurant was modern, simple and cosy with beautiful vintage decoration.

The Commoner | Fitzroy | Melbourne

Something about the Commoner made me feel at home. The small courtyard at the back, with narrow stair reminded me of Hanoi-style cafes. It was different space and different time, but walking ever slowly up those stairs evoked the feeling of nostalgia. Perhaps it was the vintage-like ambiance, the organic arrangement of small potted plants, and the warm sunlight on a cold autumn day made me feel that way.

Ultimately, the restaurant should be judged by its food and service. I think the Commoner did reasonably well. We sampled the Farm, Feather and Fur, which featured autumn produces. In this case, game meat! All the dishes were well-portioned and cooked beautifully. So even though we sampled a lot of meat (much more than usual), we did not feel over the top at the end of the meal.

The Commoner | Fitzroy | Melbourne

For starter, we had crudités with anchovy butter. Nice, simple and fresh.

The next course was Mr. B’s favourite: Rare Duck Breast, Pheasant Ballontine, Truffled White Bean and Mustard Fruits. The duck breast had real beautiful smoky flavours, which I feel a bit overpowering to other elements of the dish.

The Commoner | Fitzroy | Melbourne

Now, my favourite of the day. Venison Loin, Caramelised Apple, Celeriac Puree. The venison was delicious meaty with great texture. This is why I love game meat. The puree was light, creamy with a pleasant celery taste undertone. (You can see that I love simply cook meals!)

The Commoner | Fitzroy | Melbourne

Next was Rabbit and Prune Pie with Wood Roasted Carrots and Mushroom. We did not eat pork, so the bacon in this dish was replaced by wood roasted mushrooms. The pie was not something I would rave about, but the wood roasted carrots and mushrooms were absolutely winners.

Dessert course! Orange blossom crème brûlée with spiced biscuits and poached rhubarb. Again, the restaurant was so accommodating to change the dessert to a non-alcoholic one for us.  Crème brûlée  for dessert could feel old, but we both loved the fresh aroma of orange blossom water here. I’m doing a copy-cat version at home soon!

The Commoner | Fitzroy | Melbourne

The Commoner is a place which perhaps I will be returning again and again. The food is not glorious or adventurous but it tastes good and honest. The natural flavours of produces shine through, and it is a plus point in my book. The service is warm and attentive. If you are planning a trip to Melbourne with Expedia and would like to taste delicate food, The Commoner is a solid recommendation from me.

The Commoner Restaurant
122 Johnston Street Melbourne VIC 3065
(03) 9415 6876

Disclaimer: Anh and her husband, Mr B, dined at the guest of the Commoner. The reviews are our own, and reflect our experience at the restaurant.
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20 Responses to {Review} The Commoner | Fitzroy | Melbourne ~ Farm, Feather & Fur Menu

  1. Cocoa and Lavender says:

    Ooh – I want to do a copy cay version of the crème brûlée, too! Sounds like a great experience all in all… ~ David

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A lovely place! Good food, even if it's not mindblowing.

  3. Angie's Recipes says:

    A wonderful place to relax and enjoy a nice meal ;-) Beautiful food presentation.

  4. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Wow, looks/sounds amazing! Wish I lived a little closer!

  5. kankana says:

    Lovely photo and the place does look awsm. I like such kind of restaurants .. not too crowded and has delicious food!

  6. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    Beautiful place with delicious foods — I love such quaint dining places.

  7. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Wow beautiful restaurant indeed, and even those people look like models for the restaurant (matching in the pictures)! You take gorgeous pictures and it's kind of fun to see different photography from your food photos. That Venison looks so perfect!

  8. Mary Harrington says:

    A warm and welcoming restaurant. What is not to like about creme brulee?? Old??? The orange blossom sounds divine. Perfect accompaniment would a dessert wine such as Chateau Jolys Vendages Tardives.

  9. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Definitely looks like a nice place to chill. And I sooo loved creame brulee too!

  10. Katia says:

    Sadly I live too far away from Melbourne to enjoy this lovely restaurant, but a trip to Australia is part of my wishes list so… sooner or later I'll be there :)

  11. Cakebrain says:

    gorgeous looking food! I love eating out! and creme brulee is so yummy!

  12. Thyme (Sarah) says:

    The food sounds and looks so delicious. I love to do restaurant reviews but it is also so intimidating for me. I do like the staircase with the pots of flowers going up. Very charming.

  13. chinmayie @ love food eat says:

    Beautiful photos. Everything looks so delicious :)

  14. PickYin says:

    When I come you bring me!!

  15. WokandSpoon says:

    Melbourne is full of great places to eat! Will definitely try this the next time I'm home.

  16. Dolly says:

    Rabbit and Prune

  17. Ola says:

    I always like to have a look at restaurants in other countries – I find it inspirating for some cooking experiments:) Thanks for sharing!

  18. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    That orange blossom crème brûlée with spiced biscuits and poached rhubarb sounds amazing! Can't wait to see your version.

  19. Nic@diningwithastud says:

    Oh I love venison! You dont find it too often so when I do, I normally order it. This one looks divine!

  20. shamsher says:

    I love the look of this restaurant and all those desserts are amazing

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