Footscray I’m in love. I always have been, and the surprise tranquility of Rudimentary’s unassuming exterior and pretty gardens are my favourite enclave of this bustling inner-Western suburb. I love coming here. The cafe’s structure owes it’s industrial cool to four converted shipping containers and while you sit in the quirky office style chairs, it’s a little reminder that innovation and entrepreneurial spirit live here.
Once I’ve ordered, I always take a little wander around the veggie patches with the children (looking for faeries and elves), and on a sunny day the huge garden area is a lovely place to sit and forget how close to bustling Footscray and the City you actually are. Rudimentary is pet friendly, wheelchair friendly with accessible disabled washroom facilities, and for children the garden is fully enclosed and safe for them to have a little explore.
Rudimentary has a small, but perfectly formed menu that changes seasonally to make the most of the fresh produce from the garden and local suppliers. We visited just prior to the Autumn menu change as I had been wanting to try the beautiful looking Kingfish Ceviche for ages and heard it was my last chance!! With a subtle kick of fresh chilli, charred corn and a perfectly firm Kingfish it was divine. It’s a great light option or entree and I hope it returns to the menu next summer as it’s a lovely refreshing dish on a hot day.
The burgers here are very good. Not over the top, just good quality beef, crunchy, super-fresh salad and light crisp buns. The menu pricing is also pretty good for the inner-west, and whilst the portion sizes aren’t massive, they are more than adequate for your average (possibly slightly hungover) Westie looking for a decent feed 😉
They do some awesome sweet dishes here, and I couldn’t go past the flapjack – which apparently customers often think is some kind of pancake. For the English among us, Flapjacks are made from baked rolled oats, held together with a heady mixture of brown sugar and golden syrup. Sweet, gooey deliciousness and Rudimentary nailed it with their version! If you hail from North America, then you might have expected a pancake – but I doubt you were disappointed!
I can’t tell you if the cakes at the counter are house-made or bought in from a local patisserie, but I can tell you that they are seriously yum! I noticed that there were some gluten free options available too 🙂
It’s not just the cool venue and excellent food that makes Rudimentary stand out for us. The service here is exceptional, I dropped my fork and I’m sure the waitress almost caught it before it hit the floor! Seriously though, we were really well looked after and it’s really nice to be in a space that the staff enjoy working in.
Monday-Friday : 7:30am – 3:30pm
Saturday & Sunday : 8:00am – 3:30pm
Kitchen closes everyday at 15.00
Reservations are not taken on weekends and public holidays