It did not occur to me last week when I published a review of lunch at the Cutting Table on Smith St that I should announce a new series of lunch reviews. I’m currently working from a studio in Fitzroy and am eating out around Smith, Gertrude and Brunswick streets, so there will be a renewed focus on daytime food here for the forseeable future.

Last year I was working in St Kilda and wrote a series of southside lunch posts. It was most enjoyable overall to focus on a different area but it’s even better to have more time in Fitzroy and Collingwood. There’s banh mi and kebabs to compare and some new places to try.

unagidon lunch at Pabu on Smith St Collingwood

Before I started this new series I’d enjoyed my first visit to Masak Masak on Smith St Collingwood and I’ve returned there because their $10 lunch specials are enticing on cold windy days. Le Cellier is still offering its outrageous mitraillette for only $13 on Brunswick St.

The piadina shop on Gertrude St is still doing great piadinas and their coffee is good too. The spanakopita from Melissa’s is always sublime.

Like a number of places, newish Japanese restaurant Pabu has a limited lunch menu and the more interesting dishes are only available in the evenings, as is the case at Yim Yam. For $10 or $12 you can get many different rice or soup dishes including unagi don, which was mostly good except for an over supply of peppery sauce. Next time I’ll try the ramen.

lunch at Pabu on Smith St Collingwood

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