Pavlov’s Duck has been open on the corner of Rose and Smith streets for about two years. It was initially a generic contemporary cafe, but the menu has changed significantly more recently, in a healthy quinoa and kale direction, but additionally with a Sri Lankan influence.
On weekends, they offer hoppers, which are traditional pancakes made with fermented rice flour and coconut milk. The set I chose included one egg hopper and two plain ones with chilli onion jam and coconut sambol. I love this kind of food: strong savoury flavours for breakfast, with the soft thick base of the hopper becoming thin and crispy up its sides.
Pavlov’s Duck is currently the northernmost outpost of cafe culture on Smith St in the middle of outlet land. The coffee and service are good, the ambiance is spacious and eclectic, and they offer a unique point of difference with hoppers. Since the sad demise of the dosa popup, there’s been nothing remotely like this available for breakfast.