What to order at Teller

Published on 15 September 2021

Photo: Teller's Fish and Chips menu has become a local favourite

Post-lockdown, oysters and fizz in the laneway beer garden will be a joy, and right now, Teller is keeping Brunswick East locals happy with its takeaway offerings. 

It may be limited to takeaway at the moment but this new Brunswick East local is worthy of your attention.

Teller is housed in a former bank building on Lygon Street. Owner Melanie Aldred (previously of CBD’s Metropolitan Hotel) and her business partner Gavin van Staden envisaged a community gathering place - a place to enjoy an afternoon drink after a long day, a place to celebrate, a place for first dates.

With only a few weeks of service under its belt before the latest lockdown, the team at Teller adapted quickly with a new takeaway offering centred around souped-up pub classics. Each Friday and Saturday, they also run a fancy chippa that’s become a fast favourite for locals.

Owner Melanie Aldred shares her favourites on the Teller menu here. 

Which of the dishes on the menu best captures the spirit of Teller?
It would have to be our chicken schnitzel with celeriac remoulade, tarragon butter and lemon. It’s a Kiev that's brined overnight before we crumb it. A lot of love goes into this schnitzel before it hits the plate and it has already become a Teller favourite. 

How about a drink?
My top pick is the Fiery Passion Margarita which has been getting us all through lockdown. Our selection of cocktails are bottled with love and ready for takeaway – to be enjoyed at home responsibly, of course.

What if I’m here for a good time, not a long time?
Once we can reopen, oysters and fizz are perfect for a sneaky afternoon pick me up. Right now, anything from the takeaway Fish and Chip Shop menu is great for a seafood fix at the end of the week. Think  potato cakes, battered fish and chips, grilled calamari and school prawns.

Let’s talk about post-lockdown. What do you have for us that’s light and fresh?
You can’t go past the ocean trout with cucumber and dill, served alongside roasted beets with salsa agresto, and a side of chimichurri carrots with whipped feta and hazelnuts. It’s a beautiful flavour combination that's as fresh as it is flavoursome.

I like tasty food but I don’t eat animals.
For our vegan friends, I’d start with our spiced pumpkin and the half roasted cauliflower. For those that indulge in dairy, the pan-fried truffled ricotta gnocchi with parmesan cream, mushrooms and chard is a must. 

Let’s go big. Let’s go crazy. What have you got for me?
Sitting in the annex, which overlooks the laneway beer garden, start with a flowing selection of our snacks and share dishes. Half a free-range chicken with ajo blanco, leeks and chimichurri (available on our takeaway menu now), the 800-gram rib-eye and the roasted cauliflower with harissa and nigella are all great sharing dishes.

As for beverages, I suggest you go big and drink magnums, like the Rameau d’Or rosé – perfect for the impending warm weather.

What about to close?
Right now, the cherry on top is the goat's cheesecake - it’s deliciousness on a plate. It's served with poached rhubarb, thyme crumb, and honey for that extra drizzle of sweetness, and is best paired with our satisfaction-guaranteed barrel-aged Negroni. (You can order it right now too.)

Teller, 81 Lygon St, Brunswick East, tellerbrunswickeast.com.au, @teller.brunswickeast


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