I’d heard so much about Rubiki Cafe that when I was looking for a lunch spot in Ringwood last week to take my mum and kids to, I knew where we were going. I wasn’t exactly sure where it was until I realised I’d parked right out the front. Rubiki Cafe is located in the Ringwood North shopping strip facing out onto the back car park. It may not be much to look at from the outside, but it is a completely different story once you walk through the door.
It was modern, spacious and inviting. There was room in front of the counter and more so room in front of the coffee machine so you don’t feel in the way while waiting for your takeaway coffee. I loved the big table in the middle of the cafe which is perfect for large bookings or even when you’re by yourself working or the place is busy. On this occassion I had my young boys with me and although they would have turned it into a racing track with their cars I thought it best to sit at a table for four instead.
The staff were very attentive and helpful making sure we had menus straight away and sorting drinks out for us. Skinny caps for mum and me and kids milkshakes for the boys. My coffee was smooth and served at a perfect temperature. As for the milkshakes? They went down a treat with the boys too!
After making the big decision to get something from the lunch menu instead of a breakfast dish, my mum decides she will order the pakoras so I chose my second option of the steak sandwich. Turned out to be a good choice too. The steak was tender and the chutney and onion jam added a little sweetness to it. The sandwich was toasted perfectly and overall a delicious lunch option. I also tried a little of the pakoras as they looked so good. There were three to a serve and they were much bigger than I expected. They had a really nice flavour with a little crunch to them and really tasty.
|Steak sandwich with Moroccan tomato chutney, onion jam and melted Gruyere cheese
|Pakoras with saffron mayo
|Chips for the kids
For those with young kids they have high chairs, space for prams and colouring in sheets to entertain them. My boys are a bit big for high chairs now and luckily brought some cars from home for entertainment once their milkshake and chips were finished.
Overall we had a great lunch experience at Rubiki Cafe and I’m looking forward to heading back to try their breakfast menu.