Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Popped in for my first meal at Cavallero last night. Having checked the breakfast menu before and finding it free of vegan options I have never really made it into the place despite living in Collingwood for 18 months.

Anyway, I had an idea it was a bit too cool for school. But I had no idea it was so pricey. Yeah it's nice, but, well, isn't it really just another cafe/bar/restaurant on Smith St with nothing, personally, that elevates it much beyond that...? To the point of spending $108 on a small veggie dinner for two?

My date and I shared some olives to start, followed by her main of overly salty Zucchini fritters with cavolo nero and something cheesey (goats cheese?), and my main of mushroom, leek and watercress soup which was delicious and the only vegan main available. A side of roast potatoes, and 3 glasses of red (we couldn't afford the cheapest bottle at $42!) brought the bill to $80! Our two average cocktails brought the bill to $108.

Is it me or is that pretty bloody obscene? Shared olives, two pretty simple veggie dishes and a side of potatoes, no desserts - which part of those ingredients or techniques cost so much?

Can you tell the gratuitous pricing irked me?

That aside, the food was fine, the wine was fine, the lighting and ambience fine, service fine... but in Melbourne there is a glut of places to go that are more than reasonably priced and better than fine.

300 Smith St
Collingwood VIC 3066


  1. i pretty much avoid places these days who don't offer any or who offer hardly any veg options. they can get stuffed as far as i'm concerned.

  2. Yeah, tis not often I choose to go somewhere with minimal vegan options. The soup wasn't actually on the menu, it was one of the specials, so if it wasn't for that I woulda been stuck with a green salad.

    On a good note though, the waiter didn't flinch when I asked if they had a vegan option and knew exactly what they had that I could eat.

  3. Yeah that is pretty overpriced. I feel a little cheated when I have to pay more than $25 for a meal that is just okay but not brilliant. I think it is a trend maybe?