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Rococo Acland Street

Rococo St Kilda may be better known for its pasta than its pancakes, but the new breakfast menu at the renowned Italian, Acland Street restaurant is worth a morning visit. The menu is extensive, the staff are pleasant, and the venue is all style. Black chairs, low hanging lights and dark timber tables create a hotel-like, urban atmosphere, while red shelves add a touch of Italian flair.

Breakfast foods are divided into five categories. The ‘Light and Fresh Start’ options include breads, pastries, yoghurts, fruits, granola and their Bircher Muesli ($14): a generous serve of creamy rolled oats, with banana, fresh strawberries and blueberries arranged on top – half resembling an open flower. No cream has been added to the mix, and toasted nuts (including candied macadamias) deliver a necessary crunch. A shallow puddle of strawberry nectar provides just enough sweetness.

Other categories include ‘Benedicts’ and ‘Rococo Favourites’, which is where you will find your egg dishes, and a delicious sounding Organic Grilled Italian Fruit Loaf with Hazelnut Butter ($10). You can also choose between Classic Porridge or Banana Nut Porridge; as well as two types of pancakes – Berry or Banana – both made with buttermilk.

The former Berry Pancakes are served with three dollops of whipped mascarpone – akin to the whipped cream found on top of butterfly cupcakes, served at kids’ parties. Furthermore, the mascarpone is the throne for the berry compote, and the whole plate is sprinkled with a light layer of icing sugar. You can taste the buttermilk in the three thin but fluffy pancakes; a sprinkling of quality, crumbled pistachio and a drizzle of maple syrup with a hint of molasses completes the dish.

Each item is elaborate, even the Seasonal Fruit Salad ($15.50) which is usually a mediocre breakfast item at best, is beautifully presented; a display of fresh fruits (no rock melon in sight) surrounds a thick scoop of slightly icy, frozen coconut yoghurt with a moreish muesli crunch of dry oats, nuts and desiccated coconut.

While Rococo may currently not be your go-to-local breakfast spot in St Kilda (perhaps due to being perceived as more of a lunch and dinner venue); when you’re walking down Acland Street in the early hours of the day, do yourself a favour and give Rococo a second glance – you will be rewarded with exceptional morning fare, genuinely friendly service, and a touch of refinement if you do.

By Jessica Williams

Follow her food adventures on Instagram: @jsallgoodthings



Rococo Acland Street

87 – 91 Acland Street, St Kilda

Ph: (03) 9525 3232

Open for breakfast from 7am, seven days a week

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