The brainchild of Nan Kroll and Julio Forteza, Citrico Cocina is a restaurant dedicated to the world’s southernmost country, Chile. Together with Peruvian-born head chef Daniel Salcedo (Rockpool, Rosetta, Piqueos) the bar and eatery is dynamic and forward-looking, delivering a thoroughly modern and delicious menu of South American cuisine.
We loved tasting our way through the menu. To start the Ceviche Nikkei is a thing of beauty – beautiful cubes of Kingfish and plump scallops are adorned in Japanese inspired tigre leche. A melange of sweet and sour and textures, this was a brilliant start.
To follow we enjoyed the empanada. The eatery has three selections; Carne (beef, black olives, raisins and quail egg), Cerdo (Pork shoulder braised in orange) and papa (potato russet, leek, feta cheese). You really can’t go wrong with any of these.
For mains the Pulpo and Calamar is a dream – think perfectly frilled octopus and squid marinated in Nikkei amarilo sauce. Just yum. For something heartier the Bife de Chorizo (Sirloin Strip Steak) is a favourite among meatlovers. An Argentinean specialty, the steak is chargrilled on the iron 'Parilla' and delivered straight to your plate.
Dessert time continues to please at Citrico. For something light and refreshing try the remedially sweet bowl of Passionfruit sorbet, biscuit crumbs and tuile. The most delightful combination of smooth and crispy textures. If you really want to spoil yourself thought, the Picarones is a must. Beautifully light and crispy sweet potato and pumpkin doughnuts are coated in fig sugar syrup and served with melted dark chocolate.
Location: 376 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North
Phone: 03 94821482