I haven’t been this excited to share a Northside addition with you for a long time, but here we go: Ryne is a MUST TRY! We are so lucky to have such an array of cheap eats of many cultures and styles North of Alexandra Parade, lots of food truck parks & cosy bars; but super impressive, innovative modern cuisine options are few and far between, so I happily welcome the new addition of Ryne to my ‘hood.
Situated in bustling St Georges Rd in North Fitzroy, one of my favourite areas, opposite gorgeous Edinburgh Park, this new venture by Donovan Cooke is sure to become a local favourite. Innovative, modern and elegant enough to be a perfect special occasion or date night spot, but also casual enough that you could happily eat there on the regular as a local haunt. To put it into context, this place got the big tick of approval from myself, the fussy foodie, and my partner, who we call the ‘Bogan Blogger’ who usually prefers pubs over modern dining- I know, its like Beauty & the Beast.
The beautiful light filled warehouse space features exposed brick walls, wall to ceiling windows, and sophisticated grey and silver finishings with a splash of blue. A small but precise cocktail list, and an extensive wine list, make choosing a drink easy.
One of the best things about Ryne is that it won’t break the bank, with a range of easily accessible dining options starting at two courses for $65, 3 courses for $80 or a 7 course chefs menu for $150. Modern fine dining showcasing a seasonal menu created by an award winning chef for less than $100 per person- yes please! Add this venue to your fancy date list, stat.
Foodwise, the menu is extensive enough that making a choice is difficult but succinct enough not to be overwhelmed.
We started with the daily special of slow cooked marron with fennel and mandarin, and the tuna ‘pizza’, a creative take on sashimi or ceviche served with black garlic, iberico ham and chive. The starters were beautifully plated, light and flavoursome.
The mains were creative, rich and plated well also. My Sher Wagyu Sirloin with cheek, tongue, spice roasted carrot and sauce borderlaise was melt in your mouth decadence, and the Pan Roasted Duck Breast with merguez sausage, caramelized endive, orange and green peppercorn sauce was perfectly cooked and balanced. The side dishes of potatoes and beautiful fresh asparagus with a brioche crumb and wagyu beef emulsion were more than just sides, but flavour bombs of their own!
The sweets were works of art, with a very sweet Passionfruit Brulee served with coconut and lime sorbet and mango putting a tropical spin on a French classic, and the less photogenic but even more delicious Whipped Cheesecake with milk crisp, coffee ice cream and hazelnut taking on tiramisu flavours in a very modern way.
Recently introduced is a new bar menu, at local request, as many wanted to keep coming back to Ryne but for a less decadent, more ‘midweek’ experience. Featuring a range of small plates and large plates to share priced from $15-$25, this is another way to experience this awesome spot.
Overall, we are just in love with Ryne. Modern dining in a beautiful space, at affordable prices, coupled with impeccable service. Take me back, ASAP.
Have a delicious day,