Raffa & the Fox

Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Raffa & the Fox.
Raffa & the Fox is an exciting addition to Albert Park’s Food Precinct. The menu has loose connections to a Middle Eastern palette which sets it apart from the other restaurants in the area.
Owners Christian (Fox) and Jay Raffaele (Raffa) have a combined total of 30+ years in the industry working in all manner of venues. Together, they opened Raffa & the Fox in July of 2014 with the aim of providing patrons with a relaxed vibe restaurant that served quality food at an affordable price.

Jay’s impressive resume includes stints at Bistro Verdi in Mount Eliza and Woodman Estate on the Mornington Peninsula under the watchful eye of Executive Chef David Sarfaty.

Sweet potato & chickpea falafels w/ maple infused hummus

The Sweet potato & chickpea falafels were beautifully made. Wonderfully crisp and combined with maple infused hummus to provide a delicious salinity and sweetness to the dish. It was a simple dish executed perfectly.

Za’atar calamari w/ pomelo, dried kumato & black olive crumbs

Tender ribbons of lightly battered calamari were enhanced by dried kumato and black olive crumbs. The calamari was perfectly seasoned with Middle Eastern spices.

24 hour coffee lamb w/ carrot puree & black garlic

The lamb was exceedingly tender. When eaten together with the coffee jus and coffee puree, the dish was full of flavour.

Swordfish, Chickpeas, watercress

The quality of the swordfish was exemplary. The flesh was delicate and moist. It was a fresh dish that allowed the natural subtle sweetness of the fish to be enjoyed.

Roasted carrot, olive & sultana salad w/ harissa pomegranate dressing

This seemingly simple salad was not only complex with layers of flavour, it was also perfectly balanced.  The wonderfully cooked carrot matched beautifully with the sweetness of the sultana. The fruity acidity of the pomegranate dressing provided balance. It was a delightful side dish

Deconstructed pineapple and lime cheesecake

Continuing the trend for the evening, the cheesecake was beautiful. Each component on the plate worked well together. The tartness of the lime perfectly counterbalanced the richness of the cheesecake mousse.

Coverture chocolate tart 

Beautifully rich, the chocolate tart was a decadent end to our evening.
What Raffa & the Fox do, they do very well. We adored their take on slick, contemporary cuisine served within a casual environment.

Location: 181 Victoria Ave  Albert Park
Phone: 03 9696 9389
Cuisine: Cocktails, Modern Australian, Wine Bar

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