Cocoro Pottery Cafe

117 Smith Street Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

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Opening hours Wed-Sun 6-11pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Gluten-free options, Licensed
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9419 5216

It’s not quite a decade old, but in Smith Street years, Cocoro feels almost vintage. The pottery-filled interior is a little dated but somehow comforting. A long menu runs the gamut of sashimi, salads, protein and noodle dishes. You could happily start by sharing some just-warm, Kilpatrick-esque sake soy oysters or delicate grilled scallops, served in the half shell with a moreish plum and butter sauce. Sashimi is fresh and beautifully presented but it’s the perfectly crisp, deep-fried wafu chicken with ponzu and mayo that’s the standout - with the kind of delicious magnetism that incites repeat visits and borderline addiction.