Il Fornaio, St Kilda

2/26/2017 , 0 Comments

Il Fornaio is a cafe/bakery in St Kilda, close to the beach and easily accessible via a number of trams. The cafe prides itself on supporting Australia farmers and produce, with its menu having a healthy emphasis and vegan/gluten free options for most dishes.

The cafe is quite spacious with high ceilings, and there's seating both inside and outside with two tiered seating inside. Upbeat music plays softly in the background, and the service was good, with our food coming out in about 15 minutes.

The menu at Il Fornaio all has quirky names with a play on popular phrases; though there isn't a big range of dishes, there's still a good variety. The ones we ordered were the Green Breakfast #LikeAMoss ($18), the Avocuddle Toast ($18.50) and the Hallou, is it mi you are looking for ($19). Drinks wise, one of us got a latte ($4) and the other a 'I have a pun but I will nut tella you' smoothie. We also wanted to get orange juice, but were told that there was none left and that they'd already run out. I thought this was a bit surprising as we were there around 11am on a Friday, not late in the afternoon or anything. The smoothie consisted of banana, cacao, almond butter, maca, protein and coconut mylk, and overall was quite a light drink. The protein flavour was strong, and there was good coconut flavour, however more cacao would've made it even more enjoyable.

The green breakfast consisted of kale, spinach, asparagus, quinoa, leek, avocado hummus, green poached eggs, green flowers and matcha. This was quite a light dish, almost to the point of being a bit bland; more pesto would've been good, or a side of something savoury like the bacon I ordered was needed to bring the dish together. The portion was surprisingly filling even without the presence of carbs, in particular the mass of quinoa and avo hummus with the spinach base that made up most of the dish.

The avocuddle toast came with heirloom tomatoes, puffed quinoa, a snow pea and almond pesto, lemon myrtle and feta on sourdough. There was three pieces of avo on toast which was a generous portion, and the tomatoes were juicy and not sour. There was just the right amount of feta in the dish for it to not be overpowering and too salty, and the dish itself was very refreshing. The only downside was that one of the pieces of toast was quite burnt on the side, otherwise this was an enjoyable dish.

The hallou it's mi dish consisted of crushed avocado, pickled pumpkin, caper dressing, grilled halloumi, sweet potato toast, a poached egg and bacon (for $5 more). The dish had a really good mix of flavours; the toast was sweet, the haloumi salty and the pickled pumpkin sour. The egg was cooked perfectly, and the avo had a good consistency. The addition of the bacon was much needed to bring the dish together, as something heavier/more oily was needed to round it all out.

The portions at Il Fornaio are all pretty good with decent pricing, and is definitely worth visiting for those with dietary requirements. A good option in the St Kilda area!

Ambience: 8/10 
Service: 8/10
Food: 8.5/10
Price: $$

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