• Rococo (Acland Street)

Acland Street has changed.  There.  I’ve said it.  Once filled with funky boutiques, cafes and cake shops, it is now succumbing to chain stores and swanky restaurants.  It ain’t all bad.  Rococo is on the posher side of this diverse neighbourhood and whilst white linen can be intimidating, the food and service are welcoming enough to make you feel at ease.

Lunch is heavy – pastas, pizzas, this is not the place to come for a healthy snack.  I ordered the mushroom gnocchi upon recommendation.  Other vegetarian options are tomato gnocchi and pizza.

Our chosen wine was the Katnook Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Its scent was of strawberries.  Tannins held it up without being overpowering and herbaceous oak dominated the finish, softening to rosemary.

The gnocchi smelt delicious with its creamy, cheesy sauce.  The sauce was tasty with parmesan, mushrooms and cream, but the gnocchi was a little firm.

Service was eye candy, perhaps like the pretentious crowd of being-to-be-seeners desire – and for everyone else, well, yes, it is still nice.

The atmosphere is between formal and chic.  There are other Italian eateries in the area, but Rococo was better than I had expected.  I enjoyed my meal and relaxed in the cool surroundings.

87 Acland Street
St Kilda 3182
03 9525 3232

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