Type ‘St Kilda West brunch’ into a search engine and the results are rather disappointing. The first two results will never be a acceptable standard and the third is located in the heart of St Kilda. It seemed this leafy part of St Kilda with gorgeous seaside views was forgot on the food front. Until very recently.
Frankie’s Top Shop is the latest cafe opening in St Kilda West’s iconic Kiosk site on Cowderoy Street. The kiosk – shut for a number of years and locally known as Frank – was the ideal launching pad for Michele Curtis to go solo and kick start her latest cafe venture.
Michele is well know for her master food writing skills and publications; penning titles that include The Foodies Diary and The Foodies Guide, as well as her bestseller In The Kitchen and What’s For Dinner. Her style emphasis around freshness and approachable recipes that anyone can dive into and come out winning.
“I remember queuing up for ice creams after a day at the beach and I wanted to create a space where people feel comfortable and reminds them of spending good times with friends and family,”
The space at Frankie’s Top Shop offers a sense of both old and new. As you enter there is a large counter top on the left that creates a deep sense of nostalgia. Like walking into a milk bar loaded with silver coins to maximize the lolly purchase. While having a honest feel, the recent modern touches transports the space into the present with polished concrete floors, soft greens as a colour scheme to bounce off the white, indoor plants and table nooks. Lastly there is plenty of outside seating that make Frankie’s Top Shop an ideal spot for those alfresco morning brunches with a hint of seaside air.
Frankie’s Top Shop food is based on what Michele herself likes to eat. There is offering of delightful salads and protein options – including Raw broccoli salad with barberries, toasted almonds and yoghurt dressing or the Red grain salad with spiced nuts, pomegranates, herbs and green tahini dressing. Teamed up with miso salmon, herb & lemon chicken, slow-roasted spiced lamb and cauliflower bakes, provides the best of both worlds.
Frankie’s Top Shop also offers an all day brunch menu with dishes including Smashed roasted sweet potato and turmeric with a poached egg, toasted seeds, herbs and feta and Folded eggs with mushroom, parmesan, herbs, spring onions and super greens.
“I wanted to take the convenience of the quintessential Australian milk bar and give it a nudge into the 21st century, offering quality meals and take home food that feels more like discovering what’s in your pantry"
Frankie’s Top Shop brings back to life the local St Kilda West kiosk that had bee abandon for years, but with Michele’s own touch. There is plenty of food options on offer to dine in or take away, including the offering of fresh and healthy takeaway meals when the fridge is bear. There was been plenty of cafes opening in the last few years, but only a handful are integral and invested into the neighbour. Frankie’s Top Shop is one of them.
20 Cowderoy Street
St Kilda West
Mon – Fri 7am – 7pm
Sat – Sun 8am – 4pm
More information can be found here.