Albert St Food & Wine is a new all day eatery, wine bar and store in the heart of Brunswick’s Sydney Road. Combining the very best talent, passion and love for local produce, Albert St Food & Wine will be an oasis in the busy urban neighbourhood. A destination for foodies and wine lovers everywhere, Albert St Food & Wine embraces the traditions and craft of food preparation in a modern environment that everyone will enjoy.
Albert St Food & Wine is inspired by its location on Sydney Road, Brunswick, the original food bowl of Melbourne, where growers would wheel their merchandise down to the Victoria Markets. Reclaiming this history, Albert St Food and Wine is inspired by the integrity and abundance of local food from Victorian regions and will to bring the country to the city through sourcing the finest quality produce, distilled through the skilful hands of Executive Chef Philippa Sibley and overseen by founders and managers, Stuart Brookshaw and Ruth Giffney.
Albert St Food & Wine will feature the extraordinary cooking skills of Sibley. Having had her final say on desserts with her recent book, P.S Desserts, Sibley will turn her attention to unfussy, fresh and immaculate savoury dishes.
Philippa describes her menu as “romantically seasonal”. The highly innovative Mediterranean cuisine will focus on organic and local produce emphasising the ‘country to city’ and ‘paddock to plate’ ethos. Signature dishes include rainbow trout rilletes, fresh broad bean falafel, Philippa’s famous flavoursome soups and a summer cassoulet; a confit of chicken. Albert St will also have three classic pizzas on offer and one seasonal pizza, starting with The Tomato Party (pesto Genovese, summer heirlooms and Treccie).
Stuart Brookshaw and Ruth Giffney are the backbone of Albert St Food & Wine. Inspired by rustic Italian enotecas, Spanish bodegas, baby bistros and food stores such as Dean & Deluca in New York, they have a wealth of experience to back up their inspiration. Ruth received the 1998 Harpers & Queen Premier Cru award for service excellence, and has previously been the manager of L’odeon London, Bluebird London, Coast Sydney and operations manager at Longrain.