Spare Me Kitchen nestled itself into the unassuming lounge of Fitzroy's Glamorama Bar earlier this year and has since been sparing Melburnians from their pre-party hunger with top quality nosh.
I'll be honest with you; it was a surprise that such good fare and service was going to be found at a night club - but a highly pleasant surprise it was.
Exec chef, David Stewart, has brought with him his creative flair and love of the paddock-to-plate mentality that he also applies at his own popular spot, Ascot Food Store. Complementing the fun and free atmosphere of Glamorama, Stewart has whipped up an eclectic and palatably-priced menu of dishes designed for sharing with a few mains thrown in for good appetites.
Stand outs for our table included an utterly sublime jamon and duck liver parfait ($10), light and fresh Hiramasa kingfish ceviche ($15), fried buttermilk chicken with sriracha mayo ($16) and the delicately crisp soft shell crab burger ($16) - together with a mandatory side of tasty fries ($6) - washed down with some Paul Louis bubbles.
Being a late night venue, you're well fed before the party people arrive. Then again, if you can't beat them, join them, and dance off that chocolate marquise you failed at resisting for dessert.
Follow the neon signs and make your way up to Spare Me Kitchen for some good, honest eats in the heart of Fitzroy.
Spare Me Kitchen
Level 1, 393 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
5pm-11pm Wednesday to Sunday
See the menu & book online