Can you drag yourself away from Collingwood’s rustic European eatery?

This venue is closed

It would be only too easy to let a day slip by in Cavellero. The flexible and well-established Smith Street café/bar/restaurant does everything from morning coffee to midnight cocktails, and with the right company it’s not hard to imagine letting brunch lead to lunch, then to dinner, then to heart failure on receipt of the bill. Acquaintance with the well considered wine list would soften the blow somewhat, but perhaps it’s best to set a watch on the table before settling in.

A high-ceilinged former shopfront stripped back to elegant basics, it feels remarkably spacious for its actual size. A few carefully selected decorative touches offset the clean white walls, including a handsome stag’s head overlooking the bar, and the glass frontage with its distinctive iron grillwork across the door provides some of the best people-watching opportunities on the strip. Visually, it’s an oasis of calm in the colourful and often hectic midst of Smith Street, but it’s a rare day or night when Cavallero isn’t busy.

It fairly heaves at breakfast most weekends, holds steady through the afternoon, then come sundown the lights are flatteringly dimmed for dinner and drinks. The menu changes seasonally - highlights of the winter menu include fat pillows of pan-fried handmade gnocchi in a walnut sauce and cauliflower fritters, cavolo nero and poached egg with burnt onion yoghurt.

On our visit the soup is a beautifully balanced mushroom, leek and watercress, the perfect antidote for a miserable wind-lashed night. For your own good, try to keep half an eye on the clock.

Sign up to our monthly food & drink newsletter

First published on . Updated on .

By Una Cruikshank   |  

Cavallero details

Address
300 Smith St

Collingwood 3066

Telephone 03 9417 1377

This venue is closed

Price per person including drinks from $50.00 to $100.00

Open Tue-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri 10am-1pm; Sat 8am-1am; Sun 9am-11pm

Collingwood area guide

Restaurants near Cavallero

Smith Street Alimentari

6m - The good folks behind Brunswick Street's deli/café/bar have doubled down...

Gorski and Jones

17m - Well, Smith Street is no way near as thrillingly perilous as it used to be,...

Saint Crispin

17m - The explosive transformation of Smith Street from Dollar Shop Alley to...

Bars & pubs near Cavallero

Thomas Olive

0m - Leaving the band for a solo career is a risky business: there are far more...

Huey Long's

43m - What exactly is a New Orleans cocktail bar? Well, Huey Long’s is here to...

Felices

61m - Whether dropping in for a bite to eat or a few drinks at the bar, Felices...

Other venues near Cavallero

Happy Valley Shop

23m - Happy Valley is the new kid of Chris Crouch, who owns the Tramway Hotel in...

Travellers Bookstore

26m - “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” –...

Smith Street Bazaar

57m - Bright, colourful, and filled with leather armchairs that will make you weep...

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus
 


© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.