Rubiki Rocks the Outer Eastern Suburbs
Rubiki has caused a stir in the outer eastern suburbs after it recently opened, with its attractive menu choices and modern fit out. It seems the outer east is benefitting from a spate of new cafe openings and there's none finer than Rubiki.
Rubiki is housed at the back of the North Ringwood shops, with plenty of parking nearby. Straight away you are impressed with the light, airy ambience from the large windows. The fit out is uber modern with lights arranged attractively on beams. In fact there's a great interplay of styles and textures here. A long communal table (part picured below) easily catered for our 2 families and other patrons. Or hook in at the long counter space along the windows...
The philosophy at Rubiki's is simple, says their website-
"Rubiki’s philosophy is simple; a local cafe serving outstanding food and drink in a welcoming environment. We start the day with hearty breakfast offerings (which are available all day) and work up to satisfying lunches and plenty of snacks and delicious treats in between.
With a focus on high quality seasonal goods, we mindfully source from a select list of local producers and proudly only use free range eggs, smallgoods and chicken. We serve organic and sourdough breads plus freshest fruit and vegetables available. Rubiki is dedicated to offering appetising and creative dishes that reflect our love and passion for exceptional fare.
Your aromatic brew is courtesy of Melbourne boutique bean roasters Padre Coffee, famous for their ethically sourced and produced coffee, which is prepared to your liking by our specifically trained baristas. Tea lovers will also rejoice with the wide selection of teas included in our menu.
A good deal of consideration, energy and imagination and has been poured into creating a place that embraces contemporary design and ethics by using reclaimed wood to create furniture and fixtures that fit perfectly into our ever evolving, light-filled living space.
We are a health conscience establishment and believe that flavour, sustainability and nourishment belong together. Our aim is to fill your belly with a delightful meal and a beverage in comfortable surroundings that beckons you back for more."
Menu choices abound and kudos goes to head chef Ben Duncan. What we enjoy is an all day menu with choices to please most. Check out the Benedict, the Congee with pork or the Shakshuka with baked beans, egg and tomato shown above. Or even go a Steak Sandwich or Chicken Pie. For the health conscious there's the popular house made Granola.
Often people complain about sides at cafes, but Rubiki was more than generous with bacon slabs and chorizo. They put all the sides in the middle of the table communal style, which we appreciated.
The bacon slabs were thick and were top quality. The chorizo was cut and cooked in halves. My Shakshuks breakfast was perfect with the indulgent sides of meat.
Milkshakes were a hit with the kids served in these cool jar. The kids enjoyed the cafe, in between games on their devices...
Rubiki also served up excellent poached eggs on toast and the breakfast muffin (shown above) with these sides of avocado and cherry tomatoes.
Coffee at Rubiki is from Padre coffee, one of our favourites.
We were highly impressed with Rubiki, only opened a week when we visited. The cafe manager George was consumate, attentive and welcoming. The owner was hands on behind the counter and other staff were also keen and impressive. This was a high standard of cafe in Melbourne's outer east, something locals have been craving for.