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“Disappointed”
Review of Cutler & Co

Cutler & Co
Ranked #3 of 297 Restaurants in Fitzroy
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Fitzroy
Newcastle, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

After hearing this place has 2 hats we were expecting big things and were sadly disappointed.

We went for the Sunday lunch set menu w matching wines and the food selections, wine pairing and staff knowledge and friendliness were just not up to scratch which was a real shame.

The chicken for main was lovely as were the desserts but they were the only positives.

We were only in Melb for 3 days and so had to prioritise where we ate very strictly and unfortunately this was the most disappointing experience of our trip.

  • Visited June 2014
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Melbourne
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Disappointing food, value and service”
Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

We are two couples who each year go to high-rated restaurants and have done for 10 years. Last night we went to Cutler & Co. What a disappointment. The greeting was excellent and friendly, but that's when the service started and ended. We found both our waiter and the sommelier aloof and rather full of themselves.

We choose the menu selection/degustation as we do whenever we go to these top rated restaurants. Cutler & Co's degustation was extremely disappointing and very poor value at $130 per head. Generally bland flavours and not at all suited to a winter's evening. It was not a patch on the degustation meals we have had at other Melbourne restaurants, including Maha and, on the Mornington Peninsula, Ten Minutes x Tractor.

We also chose the matching wines (the classic collection) - 6 glasses of wine at $90 a head - and were very disappointed. The wine were mostly mundane, often with a lack of finish on the palate, particularly the Cabernet Franc. For each wine, the sommelier parroted off the wine's features, but it seemed to us that he had no personal connection or opinion of the wine - he may as well have been reading the winemakers own notes. The service was generally disinterested and remote - no personality or connection with us as diners.

To top it off, after having spent close to $1000 on dinner, there was nobody to give us our coats we had left with them - we had to rummaged around the reception desk to find out coats.

We will not be going back to Cutler & Co, nor will we recommend it. We will also think carefully before we try any other Andrew McConnell restaurant.

Visited June 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Impecable service”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

I was a bit surprised on arrival at the casual nature of the dining room, but the service which followed was perfect - professional, friendly, and efficient. The degustation was amongst the best meals I've ever had. Highly recommend to gourmands.

Visited May 2014
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Boort, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Amazing experience!”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

We booked a table for the early sitting on a Friday night. The restaurant wasn't very crowded to begin with but did fill fast from 8pm onwards. The noise level when full was a little loud but not bad enough to cause a problem talking across the table. We were a party of 3 adults and found the staff extremely friendly, witty and knowledgable of the food and wines. We decided to share the suckling pig and had a few appetisers also. The food was delicious and faultless. The wine list is extensive and there were prices to suit everyone. The lighting was subtle but not too dark to read the menu. Whilst this might not be an affordable restaurant for everyday dining for many, it certainly was fantastic for a special occasion.

  • Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Victoria
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Memorable Afternoon”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The occasion was my 70th birthday and the Cutler & Co was chosen by my wife as part of a surprise birthday lunch with a dozen of our old friends. It was a degustation structured around my wife's choice of main and accompanied with some excellent matching wines. The presentation and service was impeccable and extremely attentive (eg water glasses never allowed to empty) - it was a thoroughly memorable occasion satisfying some hardened bon viveurs.
Incidentally, I have attended here on previous occasions prior to this and have had a similar experience.

  • Visited September 2013
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