Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rudimentary, Footscray

16 - 20 Leeds Street

Our previous attempt to try out Rudimentary had been stymied by a public holiday closure. We checked it was open before we wandered down for a late Sunday brunch and on arrival just before 2 it was heaving!

We were quickly greeted and informed there would be a 10 minute wait for a table for two. We gave our names and a coffee order and found a perch outside on the grey winters day.

There is a bit too look outside, both the innovative build of the café, utilising shipping containers and raised bed featuring a range of herbs, plants and some young lemon trees.

Our coffees arrived fairly promptly and my long black hit the spot.

Soon we were shown inside to our table, and at that time every other seat was still taken. We were informed a few of the dishes were no longer available, fortunately they weren't amongst the ones we'd chosen while perusing the menu we'd grabbed whilst outside. The feel inside is modern, with lots of clean lines and white paint, offset by retro chairs and the a few hits of the containers we were inside!

The open kitchen is quite small, and the two chefs were busy throughout our time there... and we did end up spending a while waiting for our meals to arrive, at least half an hour after ordering.

I went for the soup of the day, pea and prosciutto on this occasion. The colour was vividly green, and the flavours were heavy with the puréed legume, which was perfect for me. There were plenty of hunks of ham too and some lightly toasted sour dough. The bowl was a decent size and I was surprised how quickly it filled my empty stomach!

The scramble features smoked trout and salmon roe along with the eggs and sour dough toast, topped off with pickled fennel and watercress. The fish and eggs were rich, which the fennel and herbs complimented well, the slice of toast could have been larger too.

We were both happy with our meals overall and the $37 seemed fair enough, if a bit above our average for a Sunday lunch in the 'scray. The only issue was the wait for our food, and if we go back we will try our best to time our visit better, although it is great to see this innovative addition to the Footscray scene getting so much love.

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