Location: 142 Greville Street, Prahran Phone: 03 9521 3155 Link: http://www.fog.com.au/ Cuisine: Modern Australian, Wine Bar, Breakfast/Brunch Overall Impression: 8.5/10
Just off Greville Street in Prahran, FOG Bar and Restaurant (FOG) immediately transports you to a world of old school luxury, combined with a dash of the ultra-modern.
The moody colour scheme and lighting create an ambience of subdued elegance, accented by pairs of small Art Deco style lamps that sit at regular intervals along the vast wooden bar lining one side of the dining room. A wonderful contrast is provided by the bright red flocked twig chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and skilful use of mirrors.
The 10 monthly dinners celebrate the increased awareness of American Regional Cuisine in Australia and showcase the enormous variety from the many states and regions of the USA.
Jeremy Sutphin, Executive Chef at FOG (left) and Sam Frantzeskos, owner of FOG (right)
Originally from Montgomery Alabama, Jeremy Sutphin (Executive Chef at FOG) worked under Mark Miller at New Mexico’s renowned Coyote Café, famed for inventing southwest cuisine. Staying true to his roots, Sutphin has designed a modern Australian menu drawing heavily from the flavours of south-western USA.
The resulting flavour combinations, whilst unashamedly avant-garde, work. Each course was well thought out, wonderfully balanced and interesting. Sutphin’s classical French training is also clear as each course is presented with elegance and finesse.
Ahi tuna poke, sriracha aioli, raw soy, spring onion, cucumber & wakame
The miso glazed hapuka fillets were soft and moist, and when combined with the black rice and coconut kaffir lime broth, yielded a stunning explosion of flavour.
Ginger beef eye fillet, shitake mushrooms, miso baby bok choy & wasabi potatoes
The ginger beef eye fillet was beautifully tender and perfectly cooked. The use of miso was a masterstroke, resulting in the dish being loaded with umami - absolutely moreish.
Haupia, coconut pudding, caramelised pineapple & dark rum sponge cake
Green tea crème brulee with macadamia nut cookies.
The service at FOG was just how it should be - extremely attentive, warm and unobtrusive.
FOG Bar and Restaurant delivers excellent, unique food in a wonderfully understated, elegant setting. It provides a perfect backdrop to meet with friends over a cocktail (or three) and treat yourself to some of the good things in life.