It’s very rare that I get to go to Stamford, let alone for a brunch. So when I got to try what Flinders Lane in downtown Stamford, CT had to offer, I knew I was in for a treat. The restaurant is small in size but huge in originality and I was very happy at everything they had to offer, here’s how to get a taste of Australia at Flinders Lane!
The head chef, Brad Stewart, is from Australia so there is a huge influence in the food and I got to try some down under treats that I’ve only heard about. He not only was incredibly nice but had sweet stories about his culinary influences.
We started with cocktails. They have an incredible new cocktail menu that look as incredible as they taste. They have an Espresso Martini (42 Below vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso and vanilla), a Spring Margarita (El toro Tequila, St Germain, cucumber, thai chili tincture, lime, agave), a lovely pink cocktail garnished with a flower called a Lillet Rose (Lillet Rose, Fords gin and grapefruit) and my personal favorite, the Limoncello Collins (Villa Masa Limoncello, 42 Below vodka, lemon and club soda).
They offer the option to have oysters by the half or dozen. They also offer amazing homemade sausage rolls. The puff pastry and pork are homemade and the sambal mayonnaise is the perfect dipping sauce. I really love these.
For those wondering, yes they do offer Vegemite. I had only heard about it and was always curious about the hype. I layered it with butter and it was delicious! They also have a Meat Pie of the Day, we got to try two, the Curry Chicken and a Lamb Pie. The homemade fries that they serve are also incredibly delicious! I want to note that everything at Flinders Lane is homemade from scratch.
If you are in a sweet mood, you need….yes NEED, to get the French Toast. This dish was topped with chocolate espresso sauce, milo cream and blueberries. I loved every bite of this. I actually just stared in awe for a minute over how good it looked. They also have whole wheat pancakes topped with maple yogurt, mixed berry compote and hazelnut praline that is equally delicious.
Flinders Lane offers many different sandwich and burger options if you are in more of the lunch mode of brunch and you will not be disappointed. They offer a few but my top two were the BBQ Beef Brisket and the Kangaroo Burger. The brisket comes with pickled carrot and daikon with cilantro.
The Kangaroo (yes, real kangaroo) was delicious with beets, arugula, caramelized red onion and horseradish mayonnaise. The meat was delicious, and I was pleasantly surprised. These are both must-try burgers!
We got to end our time at Flinders with a delicious dessert plate. First of all, I’ve never had Pavlova before, and I love it! The simple mix of mixed berry compote and vanilla cream was amazing!
The Lamington is perfect for any coconut fan. The strawberry jam and cream makes it even better.
The Carrot Cake is a family recipe and has a surprising citrus flavor that will surprise you in a good way.
But be sure to try Grandma Stewart’s Sticky Date Pudding. Worth every bite.