Dining / The Place for fresh, market food

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Duck ravioli at Winifred’s Place, a new addition to the Fyshwick Markets. Photo by Wendy Johnson

SHOPPING at the markets always makes me hungry. Hungry for dishes created with fresh produce. So I was delighted, when last at the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, to discover Winifred’s Place.

This is the “sister” to Chez Frederic in Braddon and when we rocked up, owner Sara Pouget was buzzing about in the massive and gloriously laid out kitchen (a dream for any chef).

To say that the food is fresh is an understatement. Winifred’s sources daily from the markets, including free-range and organic meats and ethically sourced seafood.

Pasta, made in-house, is a specialty and thumb’s up to Winifred’s for its great range of gluten-free dishes. They even have two pasta machines and can 100 per cent guarantee no cross contamination.

Winifred’s is located upstairs from a seafood shop, which is super because if you’re lucky enough to grab a seat near the railings outside you get to watch the happenings below.

Unlike Chez Frederic, Winifred’s has table service.

We visited on the weekend and were chuffed that Winifred’s serves breakfast all day. It was breakfast for my friend and lunch for moi. Both menus are refreshingly different, so much so that we struggled with what to order. So many dishes cried out “pick me”.

I (eventually) zeroed in on the duck ravioli which was heavenly. The duck (free range) is slow roasted and packs a punch with flavour. Caramelised veggies, leeks and a pink sauce top it off ($25.50). You cannot go wrong ordering this dish.

Prawns with avo and hommus at Winifred’s Place. Photo by Wendy Johnson

My friend selected the green barbecue prawns with fresh lime, hommus and avo on rye ($23.50). The prawns were big and juicy, the hommus delish and the avo ripe and creamy. It was a hugely generous serve, so much so my friend couldn’t finish it.

We’re keen to return to road test other mains such as the kangaroo and chipotle bolognese ($24), the chicken and chilli jam meatballs ($24) or the fried gnocchi with miso roasted eggplant and tofu jerky ($25).

Parking isn’t a problem. As the folks at Winifred’s say: “From Tuesday to Sunday evenings, the whole car park (393 spaces) is free for you to use.”

Winifred’s is refining some service elements. We had a couple of mix-ups but Winifred’s corrected the matter quickly and made a special effort to apologise and explain what had happened. It’s the way hospitality handles these types of issues that inevitably arise on occasions that counts. Gold star to Winifred’s. We’ll be back!

Winifred’s is licensed with a reasonably priced selection of wines.

Winifred’s Place, 12 Dalby Street, Fyshwick. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Call 6260 6185.

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Wendy Johnson
Wendy Johnson: Food reviewer for Canberra CityNews magazine since 2004, covering stories for true foodies to digest.

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