Love the name of this cafe, and their tagline, “There is no love more sincere than the love of food” is perfect. A rustic warehouse kind of cafe with interesting knick-knacks littered around, I can’t help but feel a little slice of South-Asia whilst sitting in the middle of it all. Which is fitting as the menu is inspired by Sri Lankan cuisine.
The coffee used at Pavlov’s Duck is the Daddy’s Girl House Blend by Padre Coffee. Full-bodied and sweet, it definitely hit the spot on a Saturday morning.
The fritters were so moreish, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Full of flavour and not at all overly fishy if you were worried about that. Complemented nicely by the avocado aioli and the delicious herb and coconut salad, which was sweet and refreshing, I could have eaten this on it’s own (and this is big coming from someone who would never order salad).
Burger! But not really because no beef, but that’s another story. The pork belly was fatty, a bit chewy and cooked in a good mix of spices that tasted really good. It went well with the coleslaw and relish, in keeping with the whole Sri Lankan/South East Asia theme. A decent burger, very messy.
Hoppers are a bowl shaped crepe native to Sri Lanka made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. Served only on weekends and public holidays, they are made to order at the hoppers station at the front of the cafe. There are both sweet and savoury options. The hoppers were light, fluffy, crisp on the edges and chewy towards the centre. The strong coconut flavour was divine, and you knew you were doing something naughty eating it with Nutella. Pavlov’s Duck is a hidden gem in the midst of Fitzroy’s cafe scene. With exceptional service and a unique menu showcasing interesting and distinct flavour combinations, you would be wise to make Pavlov’s Duck the next place you drop by for brunch. Location: 401 Smith Street, Fitzroy Website: http://www.pavlovsduck.com.au Telephone: (03) 9416 4336