RococoLocated in Melbourne's bayside suburb, Rococo is at the bustling end of Acland Street and serves simple food done well - Italian style. Offering both indoor and sidewalk dining from an extensive menu of pasta, pizza and risotto as well as a mouth-watering selection of Anti Pasto, Rococo comes from the former owner of Malvern's Sugo, and offers a casual dining experience for quality and tasty food.
In the mood for Anti Pasto, and not up for the two-hour wait at Claypots down the road, Rococo offered just what I was after.
This modern restaurant space oozes comfort, simplicity and friendly service of an area that can sometimes be lacking the latter component. Light beech wood decor compliments the bold abstract paintings that adorn the dining walls as well as the funky lighting that is friendly on the eyes.
Boasting an extensive list of delicious sounding Anti Pasto, my diners and I went all out tapas style! Rococo offers a clever option of any five Anti Pasto items for $23.80 or any eight Anti Pasto items for $32.80.
Presented on long and colourful oval ceramic dishes, all tapas is neatly presented and accompanied with servingware - a big tick for a simple something that many restaurants fail to provide.
The ciabatta was served warm and accompanied with good grade olive oil - the perfect starter for the many tapas dishes to come. Saganaki was my favourite choice and served in cubes on skewers together with marinated Kalamata olives. Perfect for lovers of salty dishes! The grilled calamari was cooked to perfection; as were the meatballs in a piquant tomato and herb sauce.
Another favourite was the chicken liver terrine. Distinct flavours of the liver and other spices produced a treat for the discerning foodie. The cured salmon was sealed on the outside and soft as butter within - perfect with a squeeze of lemon.
The plate of selection meats was another enticing dish ($16.50) of cured meats including: prosciutto, Veneto and other salami's best accompanied with ciabatta.
On my return to this happening modern Italian restaurant will my tastebuds be treated to Rococo's renowned pastas and pizza..And now for a walk along the St Kida Esplanade.
Review By Monica
Open: 7 days, 8am - late
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ 87 Acland Street St Kilda | Map
✆ 03 9525 3232
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