It’s no secret that I have a massive sweet tooth. Honestly, I couldn’t care less what I ate for my main meals most of the time, but put a chocolate cake in front of me and that sucker is gone in minutes.
So, when I saw the brioche french toast with nutella and chewy maple ice cream ($16.90) on the menu at Ruby Cafe recently…well. I was ordering that dish faster than you can say, “Adawg, eating ice cream for breakfast isn’t exactly doing wonders for the junk in your trunk”.
I’m sensible, of course. I know that such a sweet dish could be overpowering at breakfast time, so I made sure D ordered a savoury dish to balance things out – the potato bravas with chorizo and eggs ($16.50).
To prepare ourselves for the sugary journey ahead, we started with coffees – skim capp for me, flat white for D (both $3.50). D’s flat white was very good, while my skim capp was just average (it tasted a little bit too bitter).
The meals arrived and I was secretly relieved to see the serving size wasn’t ridiculous, size-of-my-head, your-pants-are-going-to-split big. Who knows, though – I’ve been living in North America for the past 19 months, perhaps my perception of serving sizes is warped.
Anyway – let’s just take a moment and talk about the wonders of brioche, shall we? Especially when it’s stuffed with Nutella, coated with an egg wash, then lightly fried until it’s crispy on the outside yet still light and fluffy on the inside. The scoop of ice cream on top was super creamy and rich (although not chewy?), although I’ve gotta say, ice cream at breakfast is pushing even my sweet tooth limits.
D’s meal had more of a rustic, country-side feel to it. The chorizo was slightly spicy and was offset with crunchy potato, while the egg on top had the most orange yolk I’ve ever seen. Simple, satisfying, and a thankful reprieve from the intensity of my breakfast.
Ruby Cafe is a lovely little spot with sidewalk seating that’s reminiscent of somewhere in Paris. Service is professional and friendly, and they’ve recently started offering dinner a few nights a week.
Ice cream at breakfast might be a little much for some people, but it’s a small price to pay for some of the best french toast I’ve had in Australia.
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