Since coming back from Freo I have been craving pasta and I’ll take any chance I get to dine at Rococo in St. Kilda, so when everyone wanted to go out for lunch this week of course I jumped at the chance. Rococo make the best aglio e olio I have ever had – all of their food is to die for and a must for anyone in Melbourne.
To start we ordered the onion fritti (fancy word for onion rings) which came with a spicy yet creamy sauce, kumara chips and garlic bread. I would say the garlic bread is a must if you only want one entrée, otherwise the kumara chips and onion fritti are equally as good. For mains everyone went for their go to pasta dishes, the boys had carbonara and of course I got the aglio olio. I actually struggled with ordering drinks because their wine list wasn’t overly too appealing for me, this could be partly to the overwhelming selection of wines and sweet wine is my go to. Food and service were great, maybe next time I’ll order a beer.
After all that food we went for a walk along the boardwalk which was actually amazing. I have only been to St. Kilda at night or during summer when its packed so being able to walk along the boardwalk when it is nearly empty makes you appreciate it so much more. We stopped at Republica for a drink and since I had made Moscow mules a few nights ago, we decided on a pitcher of their Moscow mule to share. It was the perfect afternoon with the sun was shining and clear blue skies with a slight cool breeze. We could not have asked for a more perfect afternoon.
We ventured back to the city to an old favourite of mine, Lily Blacks. It is a 1920’s-esque cocktail bar with low lighting and vintage framed posters. It is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea however if you like your drinks uber strong and old school, then this is the place for you. I went for my favourite, an old fashioned and everyone else ordered a few different drinks as they weren’t sure what they would like. There were a few half empty drinks left, like I said, it is not everyone’s cup of tea.
A couple of hours and many drinks later we made our way over to Byblos in South Wharf for dinner. We ordered falafel, hummus, tabouleh, vegetable skewers, batata harra and a bottle of moscato. The food was mediocre and very quick to come out and to be honest, I’m not really sold on this place. I have dined here quite some time ago when I used to eat meat and I really enjoyed it, however to sum up our experience this time, I would say it is overpriced microwaved food. The only item we ordered that I thought was worth the price was the wine which I’ve had before, everything else was well over-priced. I wouldn’t call the food fine dining however the view is amazing, especially at night. Perhaps the meat eaters of the world will have a better experience.
That’s all for now. I am still dreaming of the aglio olio at Rococo…