Another lunchtime adventure through Collingwood - this time we're delving deep into the backstreets to Rupert on Rupert. Hidden down a dark alleyway, it looks pretty unassuming from the outside but walking in you better be ready to wowed by the amazing space and the equally impressive food!
This has to be a stand out in terms of spaces...it is a converted warehouse so it has that industrial feel to it but mixes it up with different materials and quirky pieces to create the perfect eclectic environment. Just based on the look and feel I was ultra excited to see what was on offer here.
I'm not sure if it was because we were here for lunch and it was overly busy but service was quick and ultra friendly with staff providing us with recommendations and taking the time to help us customise some options for the gluten free and vegetarians at the table. Not only that but food was out in the nick of time with no compromise on quality at all. Big thumbs up on that.
- Rupert Vegetarian Board with house charred sourdough: A great selection for any vegetarian or carnivore out there with a lot of options and a unique combo of textures. I think it's up to personal taste how you judge this board but I did find some elements quite bland when eaten alone so be sure to mix it up when eating this to see what works best for you.
- House cut fat chips (Elote spiced salt, jalapeno sour cream): Absolutely amazing and second to none. You can tell that they are made in house with the rustic cuts and wedge-sized pieces. With an extremely crispy skin and heavenly soft flesh...these were the perfect pillows of potato.
- Urfa spiced kent pumpkin (Grilled haloumi, seeded zhoug, smoked honey, dill): DELICIOUS! Soft roast to it with most of the texture and chewiness coming from skin. The actual flesh of the pumpkin was creamy and sweet with a slight bite that I assume came from the spices used. It absolutely melted in my mouth and had me going back for more with its depth of flavour (that smoke).
- Margherita pizza (Fior di latte, basil, napoli, garlic olive oil): Traditional in almost every way with minimal cheese used. The use of spices and great produce created a flavoursome and rich sauce that was the hero of the dish. I guess this is personal preference but I would've loved a little bit more cheese for some extra creaminess and a play on the cold and hot textures.
- Livada pizza (Garlic lemon thyme mushrooms, napoli, scamorza bianca, truffle oil): An immediate downside was that if there was truffle oil in this pizza I couldn't taste it at all. I would say it was more a cream and cheese pizza than anything else. Nothing wrong with that as it was beautiful and the few bites I got of mushrooms were absolute heaven. I would've loved some more mushrooms and bigger cuts of them as well just to accentuate that flavour contrast.
- Meat special pizza: I can't for the life of me remember what was in this pizza but have a look at the photo below (its the one I'm holding up) to see it up close. It had a lot of different textures as a result of the many different meats included. I think most meat specials struggle the most with the mince but this definitely wasn't the case here - it was beautifully flavoursome and packed full of spices so no blandness here! As with all the pizzas too...a light and fluffy crust on the edges.
I feel like the luckiest girl on earth to work around the corner from this amazing lunch/dinner spot. The unique environment and friendly staff will keep you coming back time and time again so be sure to drop by for a visit! The food is definitely up to scratch too. Drop by here with some friends, for a cute date night or even hold a function here...you won't be disappointed!
Presentation (5): 5
Taste (5): 4.5
Service (5): 5
Atmosphere (5): 5