Hidden in a two-storey shophouse with no visible signs, save for a crochet-covered bike parked outside, this is the lesser known gem of Mount Martha that you need to try, stat. In the daytime, it functions as a beautifully lit café overlooking the coastline, with french doors leading out to a verandah.
But, come nightfall, Mr Curtis transforms into an exotic tapas restaurant / winebar.
Get comfortable on one of its cushion-dotted benches, and unbutton your jeans, because a feast awaits.
With chicken ribs so delicious they make my heart palpitate, this funky little eatery has certainly earned its spot on my list of Top Restaurants to Visit in Melbourne.
Fresh, zesty and a little too damn addictive, I found myself shovelling heaps of this stuff on my corn chip. Yum.
This dish came courtesy of the restaurant, thanks to our waiter who very kindly offered us something to munch on
as we waited for our food. Isn't that lovely?
It's amazing how a small gesture like that can better the overall dining experience. We were both surprised and impressed at his thoughtfulness, especially since the wait for the food wasn't particularly long.
Chicken ribs (AUD$14.50), seasoned with a magical combination of chipotle, lemon and pepper...This was SO good.
I could go through multiple servings of this. The first time I tried this, I picked at the tender, tender meat the way a lady should, with her fork. Then I popped it in my mouth and boom. The flavours. Oh, the flavours!!
And then I knew I needed to get at this with my fingers. Forget social customs - I am going to savour every bit of this, come hell or high water. Slightly charred, yet impossibly tasty...It was like the heavens opened and angels started singing. Then Liza Minnelli came out with jazz hands and all was well with the world.
With food this good and a waiter who resembles a young Cory Monteith, what's not to like? ;-)
Applause all around for the small but rockin' team over at Mr Curtis!
Shop 6, 42 Lochiel Ave
Mount Martha, VIC 3934
Tel: 03 5974 3637