Pedro Espresso / St Kilda – Breakfast Review from French Toast and Indie Pop
Pedro Espresso is a new cafe on Saint Kilda Road, nestled at the base of a building and between two driveways. It’s a new opening for the Brewsville group, with owner Phil Gijsbers fresh from opening their new, New York City venture, Seven Point Espresso in Brooklyn.
The cafe is surprisingly light and bright given its location, with plenty of space inside. The focus is on the coffee, with New York inspired cold drip and filter ready to go out fast as well as great espresso.
Our lattes were indeed delicious, served with a good flavour and temperature. We ordered seconds, with the staff keen to ask how it was.
Our first dish off the menu was an avocado and pea smash, topped with feta and dukkah. There was an option to add streaky bacon for an extra $5, but it was already a full dish and with the extra cost become pretty pricey. We loved the addition of the pea to the avo and the flavours were great, but it felt a bit drowned in dukkah.
Our next dish was the Bugs Bene, a carrot roesti, served with pulled pork, poached eggs and a beet hollandaise. This was a really unique take on a benedict, with delicious pork, moist carrot roesti and the bright pink hollandaise. There was a nice warmth to the dish and it was well seasoned and spiced throughout. We loved how innovative it was, but the only problem was the liquid from the pork made the dish as a whole quite watery and diluted the flavour of the hollandaise. This has the potential to be an absolutely stunning dish when Pedro have had a bit of time to iron out the kinks.
We can see great things to come for Pedro Espresso!