Pavlov's Duck is perched at the less cafe-dense northern end of Smith St, among the clothing outlets. Nevertheless, it's been attracting bloggers for years, through a combination of promotional events and novel offerings (see links below). The all day menu starts with the usual eggs, toast, avocado and muesli but turns sharply into Sri Lankan-inspired dishes half way through - there's milk rice with curry, roti, and hoppers. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items are well-marked across their menu.
We stopped in for Sunday breakfast on a whim, and focused on the Sri Lankan side of the menu. Michael was well satisfied by the kottu ($17, pictured above), a heavily spiced plate of chopped roti, vegetables and eggs.
I set my heart on a hopper, but slightly flubbed my order. I should have simply requested the traditional hopper ($14), which is accompanied by dhal, coconut sambol and chilli onion. Instead I ordered the egg hopper ($5), which is served plain and I think is intended more as a side. Michael generously shared a little of his kottu to flavour it and all was very well: the hopper was one side crisp and toasty, one side light and tender, the egg was more soft comfort.
We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at this time of the week, and we'll have to aim for it again to perfect our menu choices.
Blog accounts of Pavlov's Duck are universally positive! See fellow veg*n blogger Vegan About Town (twice), and then omnivorous bloggers Lips Temptations (freebie), The Penguin Eats, Dammit Janet I Love Food, trading plates, DonutSam Eats & Travels, In Love With Brunch (freebie), The Spice Adventuress (freebie), Eat & Be Merry (freebie), Chewing is Exercise, A Chronicle of Gastronomy (freebie), and hungry cookie.
401 Smith St, Fitzroy
Accessibility: Entry is flat and there's a wide corridor through the centre; furniture is densely packed with mostly backless benches, stools and chairs with backs to sit on. Toilets are gendered cubicles with narrow entry. We ordered at our table and paid at a low counter.