Date Night: Saint Crispin
The way to the heart of a city woman is no longer diamonds, but food (although diamonds will probably get you close!). The foodie scene has well and truly captured our hearts and stomachs, making it increasingly harder to stay atop the hottest new restaurants.
To impress your foodie other half, why not journey toward the northern suburbs, where hipster vibes meets sophisticated dining?
In the heart of Collingwood, Saint Crispin sits amongst the hustle and bustle of Smith Street like a polished gem amongst stones. The interior is rustic and rough, but has a warm, welcoming feel to it. The staff are friendly and informative, but not so much that you feel like you should take notes.
The food is the real hero of the place, and as each dish whisks past your table it’s hard not too ooh and ahh. The menu reads as classic techniques meet interesting flavour combinations, all ready to surprise. The menu changes daily ‘according to nature’s bounty’, meaning only the freshest of ingredients leave the kitchen. It is old school plus new school, and we swear everything is bloody delicious.
Saint Crispin offers two courses for $50 or three for $65, with smaller dishes to share on the side for extra. Our suggestion will always be the chefs tasting menu, a multi-course experience ($90 for five courses or $120 for seven) that is not to be missed.
If all you’re after is a small bite to eat and a comfortable drink, head upstairs to Thomas Olive, where chesterfield lounges and an extensive drinks menu await.