MELBOURNE | Miss Ruby is a cafe on Bentleigh’s ever growing Centre Road cafe strip. Just coming off their first birthday, we were invited to check Miss Ruby out, and the place was filled with customers on a bustling Sunday morning when we visited. Miss Ruby offer a delicious all-day breakfast and lunch menu packed with Melbourne brunch classics, and are also very good when it comes to going the extra mile to cater for any dietary needs you might have.
The welcoming little cafe has an open floor plan. A stone bench top lines the centre of the space, further complimented by white painted brick walls making the space very sleek and bright as the sunlight beams through the glass shop front windows. Timber furnishings and accents of greenery create a cosy element to the space, balancing nicely against the neutral stone interior, which generates a calm atmosphere. Music plays softly in the background. All up, the atmosphere is perfect for catching up with friends that you want to have a conversation with.
Miss Ruby’s scrumptious menu caters for both the health-conscious breakfast goer and those looking for something indulgent. Chia seed pudding or sautéed greens hit the health marks while those with a sweet tooth will love the porridge topped with fruits and delectable French toast. Miss Ruby’s French toast is a must try, the sweet brioche bread is soft and squishy as it melts in your mouth with a satisfying contrast against the darkened crunchy caramelised crusts. The sugary delight tastes of cinnamon and vanilla with a light dashing of mascarpone cream between each layer of toast adding a refreshingly cool element to the dish. It’s served with sauteed fruits, including burnt wedges of caramelised banana, and topped with a tart berry sauce drizzle, which cut through the sweetness. Each mouthful is extremely comforting.
Their chicken and waffles are also well worth a try if they’re on the menu when you visit (they were a daily special when we visited). The crunchy fried chicken has a peppery taste, which matches the sweet vanilla waffles effortlessly. Drizzled with a house made cheese sauce and tart berry compote, this unusual yet genius combination elevates each element on the plate. The juxtaposition of savoury and sweet is a match made in heaven, with all of the condiments working harmoniously.
The coffee at Miss Ruby is fantastic, and if you’re not a coffee fan Miss Ruby offer various alternatives, from turmeric to matcha lattes and more. Their delicious beetroot latte has an earthy taste with aromatic hints of cinnamon making it a very soothing drink, and equally adorable as it is a soft baby pink colour.
One-year young and Miss Ruby ticks all the boxes, with their friendly staff, delicious menu and comfy interior making it a must for your next brunch outing. It will be exciting to see where this local treasure goes. Miss Ruby’s catch phrase is “do right by you” and this is exactly what they do.
454 Centre Road
Telephone: (03) 9557 5525
Mon – Fri: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am to 4:00pm