If you’re looking for a dining experience where the staff anticipate your every move and decision before the thought even crosses your mind, then this is the place for you!
Immediately upon entering Restaurant Fitzgerald, the staff greets you and makes you feel like the only person in the room. Our server suggested we started our evening with bottle of Champagne, all 6 of us agreed! Our host of the dinner selected the champagne, and it was fantastic! It was a light and crisp champagne, something unlike I’ve ever experienced before. I tried to go through the wine list so I could share the name with you all, however the wine list is the size of a book, 7 full pages of sparkling wine and champagne. Needless to say I unable to find it. I wish I could, because I literally had dreams about that champagne!
We followed the Champagne with a marvellous white wine. Again, I have no idea what it was, all I know is that it was a featured wine. The servers were a bit sneaky with pouring the wine (which I was okay with), they would often circle the table topping everyone’s glass up, no one ever had an empty glass of water or wine (HUGE in my books).
The menu was fairly limited which is not uncommon in Michelin Star restaurants. If you are someone who has fussy eating habits then I would suggest avoiding Michelin Star restaurants altogether. Our server took all 6 of our orders (appetizers and main courses) without writing anything down and he remembered everything perfectly! He seemed to really enjoy his job, which is noticeable to guests. It’s always nice to see staff that want to be there, and aren’t just there to make their money and go home.
For my appetizer I decided on the Turnip with Calamansi, Miso and Ginger. When it arrived it certainly wasn’t what I was expecting. I was picturing pieces of turnip, however the purée was quite lovely. Very mild in flavour on its own, you needed to eat it with one of the little bites on the side of the dish. The interesting thing about the little bites was that, there were 3 different kinds, making almost every bite a completely different experience.
My main course, was the Cauliflower with Passion Fruit, Lovage and Sunflower seeds. The passion fruit really shined in this dish, when taking a bite with the lovage it balanced perfectly. For a main course dish I felt like it could have been larger, but again, in Michelin Star restaurants you will get smaller portions. However, I was still hungry when I left, which was not good. A few of the other guests had the Partridge as their main courses, and they were both disappointed with the dish, they found that it was quite over cooked and dry. I did try a bite of it and I agreed with them.
Our evening with Restaurant Fitzgerald was certainly a one of a kind dining experience. Price wise, it is expensive, and would be in the fine dinning category for sure. I would still only rate it a 4/5 stars as the menu was a bit too limited and the overcooking of the partridge.
Until next time,