WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
· Parisian Breakfast – Confit garlic, onion and chilli, sautéed with mushrooms, kale, tomato and pickled lemon topped with fresh herbs and goats cheese served on grilled sourdough ($18.00)
· Rubiki’s Benedict – Poached eggs with slab bacon accompanied by a caponata salsa, drizzled with a blood orange hollandaise ($18.00)
· Winter’s Ploughman – Corned beef, cauliflower gratin, cornichons, Dijon mustard and potato and rosemary sourdough ($22.00)
· Shepherd’s Pie with garlic and rosemary potato crisps ($18.00)
WHAT WE ATE...
I decided to have the ‘Baked Gnocchi with cauliflower and pea cream and toasted almonds ($19.00)’. The waitress insisted that I add a slab of bacon ($4.50), which I declined. The triangles of charred gnocchi were covered in the luscious, velvety cauliflower sauce. A pop of freshness was provided from the peas and the toasted almonds added texture. It wasn’t too rich despite having a creamy sauce.
My dining companion chose the ‘House-made Baked Beans with toasted sourdough and roasted field mushroom drizzled with truffle infused vincotto ($16.00)’. The waitress suggested a poached egg ($2.50) be added to the dish which my dining companion agreed to. The beans were rich and flavoursome and the mushrooms tasted wonderful. However, it would have been enhanced by some added chorizo or a crumbling of feta. Also, a bit of fresh herb action on top wouldn’t have gone astray...
WHAT WE DRANK...
A ‘Honeycomb Milkshake ($7.00)’ was definitely tempting me as was the Larsen and Thompson English Breakfast Tea ($4.00)... However, I chose coffee. My latte ($3.80) made with Padre Seasonal Blend coffee was very weak indeed. I’m not sure if my frothed milk even contained coffee... No latte art either.
The service was indeed very friendly but I did find that the up-selling on absolutely everything we ordered to be very off-putting...
Address: 204 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood North, Melbourne, VIC
Phone: 03 9879 0869
Mon – Fri: 7.30am – 4.30pm
Sat – Sun: 8.00am – 3.00pm