16/20 Leeds Street
Note: No split bills
Coffee: Small Batch
Other: Chamellia tea
“It was a freezing but sunny winters morning in Melbourne when G and I went to Rudimentary cafe in Footscray. We were meeting Bond after her trip to Europe and I was desperate for a good meal, just coming off a three day juice detox. Fenced off with its own veggie patch, this shipping-container-come-cafe looks, ahem, contained but casual.
The interior is warm with tanned tables and worn 70s style leather chairs. The container is almost unrecognizable once inside – there are plastered walls, a full kitchen fitted out and floor to ceiling windows. The only give-away is the back doors which looked seriously industrial.
We arrived early – at about 10:20am – and watched as the cafe started picking up. Taking a seat by the window, we enjoyed a great selection of upbeat pre-naughties tracks, resulting in a happy, energetic vibe.
While we waited, I ordered a small batch latte to break my fast. It was a bit bitter but easy to drink, warming me up like an old friend. Whilst enjoying my latte, the staff was quick to pounce on us to order, and we did. I ordered the Cauliflower Gratin – Romesco, taleggio, radicchio, hazelnut and poached egg served with toast [$17], along with a second coffee – a double espresso this time. G ordered the Housemate Buttermilk Waffles – maple, pancetta, quince and quark [$15.50] add fried egg [$1.50] add bacon [$4.50] and Bond ordered the Pork Belly – braised w/ crispy pigs ear, chilli and tamarind, fried eggs and toast [$19].
My coffee arrived within ten minutes and was on the mellow side – sweet and full of flavour. As it cooled, it tasted better and better.
When our meals came out I was pretty happy with my choice; there was a beautiful chutney that accompanied the gratin that was just divine! It was a creamy tomato base but had quite a bit of spice mixed through and complemented with a hint of nuts in the chutney that gave it a tinge of density. The gratin was perfectly made, the taleggio was just enough to be sticky – but not overbearing – and the cauliflower was perfectly cooled through. The egg was also made to perfection as the yolk burst over the gratin adding depth to the dish.
I had a little taste of Bond’s pork belly and it was absolutely sinful. The crackling was crisp, salty and fatty and the pork belly pulled apart easily. It was glutinous but delicious.
G said his buttermilk waffles were fantastic. It was his first time ordering waffles for brunch – let alone savory waffles – and he thought they were great.
Overall Rudimentary was a no fuss option for brunch, especially if you get in before the morning rush. When we left around noon, the venue was packed inside and out with people relaxing on the lawn with their pooches and babies sipping babycinnos. It was a great sight to see.”
Final thought: “A beautiful, family friendly location for brunch”