My first stop this week is the very humble Humble Rays in Carlton, Melbourne.
”Stay Hungry, Stay Humble” is the cafe’s motto. Humble Rays is a reminder that nothing is more important than feeding yourself delicious food.
The cafe is located north of the CBD, an easy 20-30 minute walk depending where you start, just south of the university.
One glance at the menu and I already know the food is going to be delicious. They have a reasonable savoury menu including Eggs Benny, Crab Meat Scramble and Confit Duck Salad, but in fact they are better known for their sweets: “Monkey Business” made with HK egg waffles; Red Velvet Skookie, a cookie in a skillet; and Bingsu in a range of flavours including Matcha and Thai Tea.
Despite the world being my oyster, I opted for something totally different to what I normally order - a risky move considering I am paying full price for this meal today, but I ended up wholeheartedly enjoying this luscious Pina Colada Chia Pudding. Butterfly Pea chia pudding with Coconut Agar, Coconut bechamel, Poached Pineapple, Fresh and freeze-Fred seasonal fruits and berries.
I appreciated the complexity of this bowl, even though it is relatively very simple. It is a medley of textures and a bonfire of flavours: Creamy, juicy, smokey and sweet. It is also vegan, gluten free and nut free. I definitely recommend this dish, and the $15 price tag is justifiable.
Next we have we have everyone’s favourite activity:
Belly Dancing: Homemade Pancakes, sunny side up egg, Grilled bacon, Banana, Nutella, Sea Salt caramel sauce, Parmesan cheese and Thyme.
It was out of curiosity if anything; what would a combination of bacon, Nutella and cheese actually taste like? As it turns out, a little bit of everything and a whole load of nothing; it’s not a bad tasting dish, but it wasn’t great either; all the elements individually were well executed, but it is clear not everyone likes to boogie. Perhaps it is one of those showy items on the menu, just for a laugh, and if that’s the case, it sure made us giggle.
Give it a go if you too are curious!
Ginger braised pork belly, Miso and potato korokke, Dukkah, Poached Egg, Yuzu Hollandaise, Chilli Bacon jam, Parsley Crumbs
Eggs Benedict is one of my go-tos for breakfast, because no matter what level of amazing the chefs make it, it’s always good; even a less than average Eggs Benedict is good. I believe it all comes down to the Hollandaise; if the Hollandaise tastes cheap, it probably is.
This dish is so tasty it is beyond words, but I have enough energy to muster to say it’s hearty, delicious, tender and juicy, and worth the extra calories you will inevitably burn from your post-brunch walk.
We also ordered a Soda Pop, thinking it was going to come in a glass bottle just like how they used to do in diners when you wanted a “pop”. The Roseberry Pop was very delicious, not too sweet, and very exciting due to the strawberry popping pearls.
Overall, I think anyone who wants to try the cafe scene in Melbourne should make a stop here; it’s not too far from the city, the food is served quickly and with great presentation.