Fo0die dined as a guest of Ruckers Hill Cafe and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Opened since 2010, Ruckers Hill Cafe was actually originally located just down the road before outgrowing the venue and moving up the street just last year in 2017. We arrived at the venue at 11:30am on a Saturday and found parking on Mitchell Street where all day parking is available except where signed otherwise. 2P is also available on the side streets with a short walk to the venue or parking on the street where the venue is located is only for 1P until 1pm.
The name of the cafe is named after the hill the venue is located on (fun fact!). Owned by two brothers who have a Macedonian background, the cafes menu includes some Macedonian dishes like the baked beans and the pork and leek sausages which are smoked and made in-house.
As we approached the cafe, we could tell the cafe had a hippy funky vibe with the mix of wooden tables out the front with a rustic worn look about them.
The venue has seating on either side of the venue by the windows, with the right side containing a bench style seat looking outwards with a piano in this space and the left side containing two tables.
Further in, on the right side is the coffee counter and bar (yes! The venue is licensed) with a small display cabinet filled with quick takeaway options like focaccia and rolls. On the left is a large piece of wall art and the rest of the dining space. Against the wall are interesting picnic style bench seats facing the counter which perfectly utilise the small space narrow space between the wall and the normal tables.
Walking towards the back, there’s a smaller dining room with a few larger tables and a door on the right which leads you into the outdoor courtyard. The area is exposed to the elements with just a few umbrellas to shade you from the sun or light rain.
The menu ties in the simple rustic decor of the venue and is presented on a small clipboard on brown paper. The venue did not do matcha lattes so Mr J had a loose leaf English Breakfast tea while I had my usual mocha which was on the sweeter side with a subtle coffee flavour to it.
Mr J loves his baked beans so naturally gravitated towards the baked bean dish which had a lovely herb spice flavour to the baked beans. This paired perfectly with the house-made smoked sausage which had a good porky flavour to it. We just wished there was more of it! The venue offers this as a side dish and if you do visit, make sure to get a side of this!
I opted for the mushroom dish, thinking I had missed out on the Macedonian dish but little did I know, the medley of mushrooms (four different types when we dined) was cooked in a Macedonian sun dried pepper sauce and it was so appetising! Mixed with the creamy fetta and the earthy nutty pistachio flavour, the flavour was unlike any mushroom dishes we have had so far.
The venue wants to be known for their food which is a little different to the typical cafe offering. They want their diners to be full when they leave as in their culture, a guest of their home should never leave hungry. And while there is nothing fancy in terms of plating, we think the venue has hit all the right marks with the added benefit of no extreme long wait times.
Dishes that make up this review
- Tav-che grav-che; Macedonian baked beans on sourdough, topped with fetta, dill and home smoked pork and leek sausage ($17.50)
- Mushroom jumble; selection of seasonal mushrooms with sauteed spinach, Meredith fetta and pistachio on sourdough ($18)
- Mocha ($4.50)
- English breakfast tea ($4)