Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 33/40
Come to it before it goes. It’s tempting as a blogger to ignore a pop up spots that have a short life expectancy. Yellow House was one example, which I loved but sadly did not get around to writing about. Stanley Street Merchants is another, which I tried to review but could never get a table. And Rupert & Ruby is another pop up, which in this case I have!
I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it is to run a pop-up restaurant / café/ bar. The ‘build it and they will come’ theory does not work in a competitive Sydney scene, you have to have a hook. And if you have the hook (limited time only + creative menu), how do you maximise your profit in 3 months for it to even work?
Nerd 2 and I popped into this new (almost old for the site) café for a Saturday breakfast, post a deadlift filled gym session. Walking in, there was a clear 11am Darlinghurst buzz to the place. It’s that morning Darlinghurst mix between people flirting with a wine list and those clearly steering towards the orange juice (nerd 2…).
The vibe was chilled, the café dark and famous cartoon dogs (Snowy and Santa’s Little Helper) painted on the walls, it’s my kind of place.
Coffee was first up, St. Ali was the bean on the grind and I stumbled through asking for a latte, much to the amusement of the staff member. Food wise if you’re interested I went for a great scrambled eggs thing, nerd two a smoked salmon breakfast option, both delicious.
On St Ali Coffee for a second, is a bean that is increasing becoming Melbourne regular and signal that a café has got their shit together (think Campos/ Toby’s Estate a few years ago in Sydney). Its house blend is a lovely bean and seems to travel well. Their signature/house blend, which I assume R&R are using, is a good choice with milk.
In between having a whinge about my back post gym. The coffee came out (I’m sure to Nerd 2 relief), proportions of it excellent, style fantastic (love the spoon – very old school Double Roasters like), great ‘leaf’ design and colouring constancy nice.
The aroma of the drink was sweet – chocolate like, however a little more complex than just that.
Tasting wise it does have the pleasant sweet dark(ish) chocolate flavour but also something quite fruity (citrus/sour). Perhaps a mixture between an apple and cherry? A super easy drink with a bit of a bold kick to it.
The meals came and went and while I do not review food was interesting Americana like stuff. Well worth checking out.
Overall, it’s a great place (while it’s open). The food is top notch, the staff have a great attitude, the décor is stylish and most importantly for me the coffee within the Darlinghurst scene a total standout. Well good enough for me to want to check it out again. As I said, come to it, before it goes!
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 9/10
Experience (taste and smell): 8/10
Coffee total: 17/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like):
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 33/40