Pavlov's Duck

October 14, 2018

Pavlov’s Duck is perched at the less cafe-dense northern end
of Smith St, among the clothing outlets. Nevertheless, it’s been
attracting bloggers for years, through a combination of promotional
events and novel offerings (see links below). The all day menu
starts with the usual eggs, toast, avocado and muesli but turns
sharply into Sri Lankan-inspired dishes half way through – there’s
milk rice with curry, roti, and hoppers. Vegetarian, vegan and
gluten-free items are well-marked across their menu.

We stopped in for Sunday breakfast on a whim, and focused on
the Sri Lankan side of the menu. Michael was well satisfied by the
kottu ($17, pictured above), a heavily spiced plate of chopped
roti, vegetables and eggs.

I set my heart on a hopper, but slightly flubbed my order. I
should have simply requested the traditional hopper ($14), which is
accompanied by dhal, coconut sambol and chilli onion. Instead I
ordered the egg hopper ($5), which is served plain and I think is
intended more as a side. Michael generously shared a little of his
kottu to flavour it and all was very well: the hopper was one side
crisp and toasty, one side light and tender, the egg was more soft
We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at this time of the week,
and we’ll have to aim for it again to perfect our menu



Pavlov’s Duck
401 Smith St, Fitzroy
9416 4336



Accessibility: Entry is flat and there’s a wide
corridor through the centre; furniture is densely packed with
mostly backless benches, stools and chairs with backs to sit on.
Toilets are gendered cubicles with narrow entry. We ordered at our
table and paid at a low counter.

Source: FS – Healthy – Vegetarian
Pavlov's Duck

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