The thing I love about Acland St is the multitude of bars, cafés and restaurants. A vibrant street buzzing with interesting characters, St Kilda purists and out of towners. With St Kilda beach as its backdrop, hot days make it a magnet for people and one hot Saturday afternoon proved no exception, with a visit to Rococo’s for a light lunch and a couple of drinks.
There was a short wait to get a table outside with the inside fairly empty apart from a few groups that I could see. They have a decent sized outdoor area seating approximately 30-40 people comfortably. The service is prompt and the waiters attentive, with water brought to the table almost immediately after seating.
Rococo is the usual Italian fare serving mainly antipasti, pasta’s, pizza’s, risotto’s and various mains. They have a selection of beers on tap (including one of my favourites Peroni) and it was perfect for the hot day sitting out in the sun. As we were not very hungry and slightly peckish we just ordered a couple of antipasti dishes consisting of calamari and octopus with a ciabatta loaf with olive oil.
Char grilled calamari
The quality of the seafood was excellent and it melted in my mouth. The garlic sauce the grilled calamari was served in was divine, and I found myself dipping the ciabatta in it rather than going for the olive oil. The octopus was tender and had great flavours.
Warm ciabatta w/ olive oil
When it comes to price, expect to pay more than the usual Lygon St prices, but the quality and presentation of the food is better than most.
89/91 Acland St, St Kilda
Open 7 days
Monday to Sunday 8:00am-10:30pm
Phone: 03 9525 3232