“STAY HUMBLE, EAT LIKE A KING”
That’s the motto here at Miss Ruben, a 5 month old café that’s housed in a large old building, which was once a bank. It’s named after owner Amanda Ruben, who I had the pleasure of meeting and talking about Melbourne’s café culture with. What makes this canteen different to the surrounding cafes, is that it specialises in healthy and wholesome ready-made take away meals. From quick glance, I noticed the glass cabinet with filled with gourmet salads, such as Shaved green vegetables with wild rice, buckwheat, and apple cider vinaigrette, Chargrilled brocollini with toasted almonds, and Roasted pumpkin with nigella seeds & pomegranate molasses. Then there’s the large fridges against the side wall, loaded with cure salmon, Italian meatballs, lasagne, soup, and house cured pastrami. Upon the Carrera marble counter sits neatly wrapped biscotti, muffins, nought, and a matte white Linea PB pumping out Axil coffee. The large kitchen at the rear of the building serves up everything from Toast, granola, right through to Green Harissa roast chicken. A sample of the menu features Buttermilk pancakes with poached strawberries, lemon curd, double cream & pistachio floss, Potato Croquette with house cured salmon, pickled zucchini & beetroot puree on poached eggs, and the Brekkie Ruben with pastrami, fried egg, and sriracha mayo on a Kaiser roll.
I sat back admiring the brass and marble features, while sipping on my “Vader” blend espresso, which is composed of a Costa Rican Cerro Alto, and Guatemalan Kapeu. This blend made for a rich cup, with toffee sweetness.
76 Glen Eira Rd
Ripponlea VIC 3185