:: 57 Magill Rd, Stepney
:: 08 8132 0778
Set on the ever-evolving Magill Road, instantly appealing new kid on the block, Fine and Fettle, jumps out. Perfect for an exceptional coffee, a tasty brekky or lunch in a place without a shred of pretentiousness, this uber-cool venue is welcoming from the moment you step inside.
Opened mid-last year by local lads and long-time friends, Sam Worrall-Thompson and Jordan Schmidt, Fine and Fettle’s cracked the perfect recipe for what’s sure to quickly become a local institution. With Sam firmly at the helm of the kitchen and front of house, Jordan brings his business expertise to the table, to create the perfect partnership.
The name literally professing “in good health”, Fine and Fettle is a celebration of good quality, tasty food with a few treats for the soul drizzled in for good measure.
Fit-out is spacious with a tasteful combo of timber cladding, fresh tiles, gorgeous furnishings and splashes of overhanging greenery. Aesthetics aside, the charming staff welcome you from the get-go and are super accommodating. Add in a soundtrack of uplifting beats and it’s easy to feel instantly chilled in this venue.
What’s on the cards
Need a legit coffee fix? The guys have it covered with premium coffee from local roasters, Presstwood, served up with precision by carefully picked baristas.
Then, for your culinary delights… with Sam’s impressive history as Chef at The Pot, Co-Owner and Head Chef at Jack Ruby, his own catering company, Sam’s Kitchen and Catering, and the guy behind The Sailing Club NYE festival, it’s no surprise there’s an exceptional menu on offer. Stand-outs from the Asian influenced line-up include a combo of more health-conscious items, some of the naughty stuff, and in all cases, local, seasonal dishes that do a little jig on your palate.
For brekky? Can’t go past the refreshing zing of the Corn and Manchego Fritters with fried egg, crispy speck, chilli jam and mojo verde. Or, for another unique taste sensation, get onto the Heirloom Baby Carrots, with beetroot, cream fraiche, pan fried haloumi, poached egg and shaved fennel.
Lunchtime’s covered, with fave Salad Bowls including the Broadbean Falafel with roast pumpkin, burnt onion, smoked eggplant, toasted freekeh and tamarind caramel. Or, nosh on the Togarashi Salmon Sashimi with avocado, charred edamame, Chinese radish, wakame, coriander, sesame and rice. Divine!
And never content to rest on their laurels, the guys are plotting a veggie and herb garden out the back, to add an extra element of freshness to your plate.
There’s no height requirements — if you have small-tackers in tow, there’s even a Baby Bar menu to meet their small (and sometimes rather large) needs. Whatever you’re after, chat with the crew as they’ll certainly accommodate wherever possible.
Step it up a little
One to really embrace the moment? Fine and Fettle is licensed so your champagne breakfast or even a cheeky espresso martini is ready to roll. For those wanting a bespoke event with personal service, you can sort a private function for 50 sit-down, or 100 stand up.
Watch this space
During the short time since opening, the guys have focussed on nailing the core experience. Now’s time to keep your eye on what’s ahead. With the anticipated launch of Uber Eats mid-Feb, plus every second Friday from April seeing the space evolve into a local tapas and wine bar, it’s clear that things are just kicking off.
For delicious food and satisfying coffee all served up in a gorgeous setting, head to Fine and Fettle. The boys have nailed the combo of naughty and nice and your senses will thank you for checking it out.
They’re open Mon-Thurs: 8am-3pm, Friday: 6.45-3pm, Sat: 7:45am-3pm, Sun: 9am-3pm.