Aug 23, 2014


Oh Melbourne, why are you so beautiful today when I have to be stuck at home doing assignments?

Hi everyone. I am feeling very inspired to blog today. Melbourne's weather is absolutely perfect today. The sun is shining ever so brightly and it's starting to warm up a little. I am truly sorry for lack of updates I have been bogged down with assignments and classes and placements. I know. NO excuses. But I am going to use them anyway.

Because my sis and I have a very busy afternoon working (yes, even though it is a nice beautiful Saturday and I should be out having fun, I am stuck at home finishing assignments that are due next week), we decided to treat ourselves to a very lovely brunch session this morning. Right now, I am suffering from a little food coma and my couch is beckoning me that I shall resist.

And you know what, it's such a gorgeous day, my apartment is brightly lit and I am just in such a happy place at the moment that I am going to update this very dead blog of mine. And hopefully, keep updating it as much as I possibly can!

SO. Rita's. OMG. This place was amazing. Just simply amazing. I cannot remember the last time feeling this happy and excited about a brunch place.

Unlike the typical rustic feel that almost every Melbourne cafe gives, this was a good combination of modern and rustic. I absolutely adore this place. To think I discovered this while I was driving home one night with a friend. It's so clean and simple inside and has a very lovely open and spacious feeling to it.

As usual, I ordered myself a Cappuccino and it was good. It was nutty, not sour at all (because I really don't like my coffee to taste sour) and had a really good froth to it. Definitely my kind of coffee. My sis had herself a double shot latte, which was a little sour apparently, but I guess that's what happens when you ask for a double shot of coffee.

I was struggling to decide what I wanted to order today. I usually will plan ahead by going onto the website and looking at the menu to see what I would like to try, but I totally forgot about it so was in a state of panic while deciding today. In the end, we were both very happy with the food and left the place feeling a little comatose. A good sign in my books.

We ordered 3 dishes to share: eggs Benedict with pulled pork, pulled pork burger with fried eggs and french toast stuffed with Nutella and macerated strawberries. Are you drooling yet? Are you?

The eggs Benedict was tasty and jam packed with flavour. But the true test was the poached egg. No eggs Benedict is perfect unless the yolk was runny. And runny it was. Imagine my delight when I cut into the egg and the yolk just started oozing.

The burger. HUGE. But so good. The brioche bun (at least I think it was a brioche bun) was so fluffy and had a nice sweetness to it. The salad inside had a buttermilk kind of dressing that balanced out the sweetness of the bun and the saltiness of the pork. And the egg with the oozy yolk. Everything about it was just perfection.

And if you guys have kept up with my older posts, you should know by now that I never go without a dessert at brunch. We were torn with what to order as there was a apple pie pancake stack with ice cream. We decided on the french toast stuffed with Nutella but you bet I'll be going back to this place very soon. After 2 massive meals I did struggle a little to eat this because it was very rich and heavy with the Nutella. Luckily for the macerated strawberries, it cut through that richness. The french toast was still fluffy on the inside but a little overcooked on the outside with little chunks of scrambled eggs appearing every now and then. But overall, a really tasty dish.

I will definitely be going back to Rita's soon and am looking forward to my next meal there. (P.S. They do dinners as well, so if you don't feel like having brunch, go for dinner. I know I will.)

Rita's Cafeteria
239 Johnston Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
(03) 9419 8233
Rita's Cafeteria on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

  1. Great pics you've taken! I'm definitely not interested in the minutiae of ordinary people's lives on blogs, and have a think about it: will there really be anybody upset you haven't updated latel? But..., this review you've written is spot on. I frequent Rita's regularly, being local, but stick to the pizzas and the coffee - the rest I can leave. Pizza styles are a personal preference, and Rita's aren't for everyone (particularly not your Collingwood tourists used to dining at Pizza Huts - who, according to Urban Spoon, have 'issues' with them - as they should) but I reckon they're the best around. Salty, basic and 'rustic'...mmmmm. In particular, I like Rita's location: off the tourist strip, so you usually only get people who either live nearby, or travel for the pizza's, and there's no chance of the place becoming a 'thing' and overrun with Doncasterites likes Smith St, or even worse, Brunswick St (which is now completely wrecked). It's a good clientele, with the exception of the office/party groups who come in and take over with their party hats occassionally. The staff at Rita's used to be awesome, but some of them have left I think and they have unfortunately employed a few hipsters who'd rather be using their arts degrees than serving customers - so, the service has become a bit variable. Overall though, the best place for pizzas for miles around.