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FUEL EATERY

A dynamic, young but experienced Chef from Sheffield England; Ryan Hodson has made the big jump into his own establishment on Inkerman Street, St Kilda, after working several years in high reputation restaurants in Melbourne. Thus further contributing to the exciting new food hub emerging along Grey and Inkerman streets. He brings to his stunning new Fuel Eatery his own signature range of contemporary dishes to a fascinating menu that changes weekly.

The decore is modern, white and light with a large floor to ceiling glass frontage that is a pleasant window to the busy main street outside, yet provides a very comfortable and accommodating interior in which to enjoy your fine casual dining.

The menu at Fuel is eclectic to say the least, but therein lies Fuel’s greatest appeal: setting itself apart from it’s Inkerman Street neighbours with a unique menu and a focus on taking the rush out of weekday dining. Having said that, due to a high demand from local businesses in the immediate area he has added a take away menu providing scrumptious baguette and sandwich options.

The breakfast menu contains a few particularly intriguing dishes, marrying the traditional with the unusual. Sweet corn cakes with chicken sausage, black pudding, soft-boiled egg and avocado is a culinary East to West journey; the sausage and cakes create the familiar flavour combination of chicken and sweet corn soup, while the black pudding and soft boiled egg are a homage to Chef Steve’s English roots.

Fuel Eatery

The mushroom on toast with poached egg, spinach, tomato, bacon crumb and mozzarella acts as the breakfast equivalent of a late night pizza, making it an excellent hangover fare for weekend patrons.

The lunch menu is a little more laid back featuring simple items made with quality ingredients.

The menu modestly plays down the dishes though, for example: Described only as ‘the Fuel burger,’ it is really a Woodfrog Bakery bun filled with Cos lettuce, a seasoned ‘3-cuts’ beef patty, house made garlic aioli, pickled cucumber and tomato relish. The burger arrives on a wooden board, accompanied by a side salad and roast ‘smashed’ potatoes, tossed in olive oil, thyme and lemon. It is a slightly more upmarket version than your average takeaway burger and chips. The house made relishes and pickles add a lovely tangy sweetness to the overall burger.

Similarly, the ‘steamed mussels’ are the most modest of them all; what you really have are locally farmed Mount Martha mussels, marinated in thyme, bay leaf and white wine, then steamed and finished with a drizzle of cream. Arriving on the signature wooden board, in a beautiful onyx ceramic steamer, the mussels are easily the most attractive dish here. Piled next to the steamer are segments of a Woodfrog baguette and some house-pickled vegies.
The mussels are not laden with sauce, allowing the rich taste and texture of the meat to take charge. The pickled veg serves well as a zesty palate cleanser.

A daily soup and tart offer a more classic option for lunch. A soup option might include the sweet pumpkin soup, served with a crusty Woodfrog baguette. The tart might be caramelised onion, with pastry made from scratch that flakes with the slightest touch, melting instantly in your mouth.

Fuel Eatery is a grassroots operation, featuring food finished with house made pickles, relish and sauces. This attention to high quality ingredients benefits the dishes, creating a modest yet appealing menu.

Stop by during the day for a bite to eat and add fuel to your fire.

FUEL EATERY

38 Inkerman St, St Kilda

Open Tuesday to Sunday for Breakfast & Lunch,

From 7am weekdays & 8am weekends.

Phone (03)95373338 for Reservations

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