Two Fat Monks has been around for a little while, located just opposite Fairfield station. Their previous focus was on breakfast and brunch, but they have recently expanded their menu to include a dedicated lunch section.
The Plus Ones were invited to experience items from this exclusive menu, and we were not disappointed. The menu is split into sections, starting with tapas style plates that are perfect for sharing, light meals if you want something small, larger plates for the hungry diner, and of course, trusty sides to round up the meal.
Unsure of what to try, we decided to share some of the tapas plates amongst the table and then decide on a large plate to have as a main meal. The favourite small dishes were the truffled potato croquettes and the herbed chicken skewers. The croquettes were soft and creamy with the most delicious oozy mozzarella centre, paired together with the truffled mayo they packed a punch. It was to be expected though, potato, cheese and truffles, all combined and deep fried – amazing. Most chicken skewers are often made with hints of Asian flavours, but these had a definite Mediterranean influence and the plate was quickly demolished.
For my main I chose the pan fried gnocchi served with goat’s cheese, heirlooms tomatoes, rocket, fresh herbs and parmesan. Gnocchi is a risky dish to order, if the gnocchi is stodgy or heavy, the whole dish is ruined. I decided not to play it safe though, and luckily it paid off. I think I’ve only ever had one gnocchi dish that I would rate 10/10 (even my Italian masterchef father-in-law was only awarded a 9/10), but I gave the Two Fat Monks a 7/10 which is pretty darn high.
There is a cake display there to tempt you, but we exercised restraint and ordered a small matcha cake to share. The matcha flavour was very subtle, broken through with layers of white chocolate and raspberry. It was the perfect way to end our meal.
Whilst Fairfield may not be the first place one might think of when trying to find an interesting place to have lunch, Two Fat Monks might just put it on the map.
Moni loves food. No really, she LOVES food. She spends a lot of time eating, cooking, photographing or writing about food.
Two Fat Monks
254 Wingrove St.
Fairfield VIC 3078