Prato is the second instalment by Brazilian-born barista Danny Acioli and chef Brock Coffey (formerly of Rockpool Bar & Grill), the team behind Drummoyne’s cafe Copo. Residing in the community hall of the former Abbotsford Nestlé factory site, the heritage-listed building illuminates a history of Sydney that is foreign to many. Boasting towering ceilings with freshly painted white timber peaks, the walls proudly display vintage photographs of the site’s former life among restored window frames. A long communal table features in the centre of the grand dining room, creating a relaxed ambience for groups to mix. On warmer days, the polished verandah with alfresco seating provides idyllic views of the surrounding gardens.
The open kitchen decorated with hanging pot plants, features an in-house smoker in which the team prepare their own smoked goods including bacon, speck and trout. While the kitchen prepares almost everything onsite including cakes (chocolate ricotta tart, caramel date slice and orange blossom snowballs) and pickles, there are exceptions like Brickfields bread, Campos coffee and AC Butchery meats.
The South American-inspired menu invigorates breakfast dining, with generously portioned plates of fried lentils and smoked ham (with poached egg, onion, parsley and cumin) and Prato’s bubble and squeak (with speck, cabbage, peas, potato on toast topped with a fried egg). Not to be missed is the applewood smoked bacon and egg roll, dripping at the sides with barbecue sauce. Coffey’s signature smoked fish pie (with mackerel, peas, leek and potato) is the highlight at lunch, while lighter options include the baby beetroot and black quinoa salad (with goat’s curd, mint and pickled walnut) with the optional addition of the house-smoked chicken.
With a well-prepared front-of-house team, Prato can expect to keep greeting the crowds.
Prato Cafe & Diner
378 Great North Road, Abbotsford
Mon to Fri 7am–4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm