Gorski and Jones opened recently on the Collingwood side of Smith St near the established successful restaurants Cavallero and Provenance. During this quiet January period, it was the only place open that I wished to dine at when searching for somewhere to catch up with a good friend.
I was initially suspicious when we were given drinks menus but not food menus. I suspected that this was a sign that the same baffling behaviour I experienced at Kumo Izakaya was not merely their strange idea but evidence of a new restaurant trend. I shouldn’t have to ask to see the food menu. I think the waitress heard me muttering to my dining companion and we then received the food menus just before we started to ask for them.
We ordered glasses of a Tasmanian riesling and the Clonakilla viognier, both of which were excellent, and shared entrees of zucchini flowers and calamari. The flowers rest on a moreish bed of capsicum, and the calamari is incredibly tender and comes with some powerful aioli.
My friend then had the prawn, zucchini and saffron risotto and I the pork cotoletta with coleslaw, which I had with a glass of Beaujolais. I tasted the risotto and it was surprisingly rich and intensely flavoured, and my cotoletta was wonderful: a fat tender pork chop perfectly crumbed and made even more amazing by a squeeze of lemon.
The Beaujolais was lovely, reasonably priced at $9 a glass and the best available match for my food, but I would prefer to drink Australian wine. There are some excellent Victorian gamays being made by Pennyweight (Beechworth) and Mount Burrumboot Estate (Heathcote) that retail for about the same price ($29), so why not serve a Victorian wine and boast about your food miles?
For dessert we chose the honey creme caramel and limoncello tiramisu. The creme caramel is very rich and satisfying while the tiramisu, sweet without being rich, leaves you wanting more although you don’t need it. They also make a decent espresso.
Our meal came to just under $150 and represented good value. Gorski and Jones is somewhere I would like to return to as the menu seems to change regularly (the one on their website is different to the one that was available when we dined last week).