Michele Curtis is a professional chef and award-winning food writer. Titles include annual publications 'The Foodies Diary' and 'The Foodies Guide', as well as the bestseller 'In The Kitchen' and 'What’s For Dinner'.
Michele Curtis has opened her first solo operation, Frankie’s Top Shop, in the historic old Kiosk site in Cowderoy Street, St Kilda West. Closed for several years, Michele fell in love with the building, its history and proximity to the water.
Her vision was part café, part foodstore and part corner milk bar – so with a nod to the site’s previous long term owner Frank, as well as her favourite café in Byron Bay, The Top Shop, Frankie’s Top Shop was born.
Frankie’s serves the food Michele herself likes to eat – with a core range of at least six salads such as Raw broccoli salad with barberries, toasted almonds and yoghurt dressing, or her Red grain salad with spiced nuts, pomegranates, herbs and green tahini dressing. These are teamed up with protein such as miso salmon, herb & lemon chicken, slow-roasted spiced lamb and cauliflower bakes, offering customers the choice of mixing and matching.
A large open kitchen brings the energy and action of the kitchen into the café, with fresh, bold bright whites with dark green and black. Timber shelves are also stocked with Michele’s favourite bread, chocolate, sauces and even toilet paper – all the essentials.
“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" she said.