Named after his sons favourite nursery rhyme, owner Francesco Sgro has created the much loved Dish & Spoon Cafe. Residing in one of Melbourne’s most well known brunch areas, Dish and Spoon serves all the favourites from the notorious Smashed Avocado to the Breakfast Board. The owner Francesco Sgro has also thrown Middle Eastern and Japanese twists into many of the dishes to bring a point of difference. We sat down with Francesco Sgro to gain more insight into his family friendly business;
Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm
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My wife and I worked at her family restaurant since we were 15 together and ever since then it was just a drive for us to open up our own place. This is the first place we have ever opened on our own. It took maybe a month for it to pick up and once that happened it just boomed!
We could have one day taken on the family restaurant but we wouldn’t felt as though we had achieved it. We wanted to achieve a busy place on our own!
How is Dish & Spoon different to other Melbourne cafes?
We wanted to do something different so we have spun middle eastern and Japanese twists throughout our menu as well as speciality coffee. However, one of our biggest points of difference though would be our customer service. Coming from a family business restaurant background we try to bring that restaurant quality service.
We want to make sure everyone who comes here feels welcome in this place and they know they will get what they want, not what they have to read and choose!
How did you come up with the name?
My son couldn’t sleep one night, so I decided to sing him a song. It was the one where the “the dish ran away with the spoon”! And that’s where it came from!
How did you design the interior café?
We designed the café so it wasn’t too pretentious, we wanted it be comfortable and warm. We didn’t want to many white walls, we have gone for warmer colours.
What’s your favourite dish on the menu?
I can’t go passed the benny but the Poké bowl is a fair winner!