Restaurant Reviews

Saint Crispin: Restaurant review

Saint Crispin

Address

300 Smith St
Collingwood, Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch Fri-Sun noon-3pm
dinner Tue-Sun 6pm-10.30pm

Prices

2 courses $50
3 courses $70
5 courses $100
7 courses $130

REVIEW

There's lots going on at Saint Crispin. The interior is straightforward - the timber-floored room has dark tones, brass finishes and a glossy bar - but the kitchen works hard for its money. Its menu, by executive chef Scott Pickett, includes multiple-course options, plus "little bites" such as Moonlight Flat oysters or pork scratchings dusted with sugar and dashi, perfect with a Paloma or Grand Ridge beer from Gippsland. Things can get fiddly, though. When juicy snails are tossed with a vibrant, buttery parsley crumb, crisp garlic, onion and bacon, the accompanying bacon and brioche scroll seems superfluous. Caramelised duck breast is loaded with parfait, gizzards, carrots and chunks of pistachio-ginger cake, but a plump piece of Western Plains pork with a brittle ribbon of crackling, white pudding and zucchini flowers shows welcome restraint. A light and simply gorgeous cherry clafoutis saves the day, as does the sharp, friendly service and elegant atmosphere.

Phone:
(03) 9419 2202

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Scott Pickett & Chris Haydon

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.