Type of Venue: Cafe
Cuisine: Modern Australian, with some Asian influence
Highly Recommended: Bircher Muesli, Poke Bowl, Buddha Bowl, Smoothies
With a trendy new logo and freshly seasonal menu, The Resident Cafe is an attractive destination for locals and keen brunch goers alike. Their humble venue extends all the way to an outdoor courtyard and pergola out the back, thus accommodating the peak hour rush of nearby construction works, young mums and retirees catching up for a casual weekday lunch.
Their small range of smoothies adhere to the health-conscious theme of the overall menu, with the Badaboom Smoothie, in particular, kicking health goals with its tasteful blend of banana, turmeric, chia, yoghurt, honey and vanilla. A thick-textured thirst-quencher whose earthy flavours of turmeric balance well with the sweetness of banana, honey and vanilla.
Badaboom Smoothie ($9.00)
Moving onto the food, there is a small selection of hearty, finger-licking options, such as the Baby Got Seoul (Korean fried chicken with kimchi, on a spring onion waffle, with BBQ maple sauce) and the classic Reuben Sandwich, which heroes slow cooked spiced corn beef. But, if you’re looking for something a little lighter, yet just as tasty and beautifully presented, go for one of their new health bowl items, or their vegan-friendly list of choices.
The Bircher Muesli at The Resident Cafe is nothing extraordinary, but it delivers a satisfyingly simple breakfast that will keep you coming back for more. Natural coconut yoghurt marries wet-rolled oats, complimented by grilled peaches, orange segments, fresh berries, kiwi fruits, chia seeds, coconut flakes and house made orange syrup. Although potentially a little too sweet for those who aren’t used to a sweet breakfast, the variety of fruity flavours and textures enhances the complexity of this usually-simple breakfast.
Bircher Muesli ($13.00)
If you love Hawaiian poke bowls, you will love The Resident Cafe’s take, with the Poke Bowl amalgamating organic barley miso salmon (sashimi-style), pickled ginger, brown rice, edamame, Japanese seaweed, roasted sweet potato, pickled radish, teriyaki soft boiled egg and tempura kale. Infused with Japanese flavours, this filling bowl will satisfy your cravings whilst still making you feel light and healthy. Consisting of mainly fresh-tasting ingredients, the inclusion of deep-fried tempura kale adds a contrasting balance and texture.
Poke Bowl ($16.50)
One of the three vegan-friendly choices on the menu, the Buddha Bowl also kicks some serious health goals, pairing buckwheat soba noodles with cucumber, bean sprouts and edamame. Accompanied by a tahini dressing that sufficiently coats and ties everything together, the surprisingly addictive qualities of this salad will make you think twice before reading past the healthy options on a cafe menu.
Buddha Bowl ($15.00)
With its long-lasting residency in the suburban neighbourhood of Ashburton, The Resident Cafe remains a popular daytime eatery for all types of customers. They prove that it is possible to retain a local appeal, whilst simultaneously reinventing their image and concept to also attract new customers to the area. Priced very affordably, their all-day breakfast and lunch menu gives surrounding venues a run for their money when it comes to quality, quantity and value.
Note: I dined as a guest of The Resident Cafe. Thank you to the staff and manager, Johnny, for their generous hospitality throughout our experience.
The Resident Cafe
246 High Street
Ashburton, VIC 3147
Ph: (03) 9885 8777
Hours: Daily 6am-4pm.