If you haven’t heard about the latest foodie destination, Rue & Co, you have been seriously hiding under a rock (or maybe you’ve been out of town). The pop up eating quarter has been the latest and greatest addition to the Melbourne food scene. Featuring three wonderful restaurants, it is definitely a place to mix it up this Winter.
The best thing about Rue & Co is that you are faced with three exciting dining options, all in the one place. Do you try the delicious Korean they have on offer at Kong, or do you dive into Mediterranean delights at Jimmy Grants, or do you pick the wonderful burger and gourmet offerings at St Ali? As a person with eyes definitely bigger than her stomach, I’m sure I’d go with one from all three! But sometimes you just have to make trips back to try something new, which is what I’ve done over the last two months since it opened.
Each time I’ve been back I’ve tried to have something different and each time I have left completely happy with what I’ve tried. I guess the old adage is true about variety being the spice of life!
I have to say that in anticipation of the opening of Kong, I was super happy to have been able to sample some of the culinary delights Kong had on offer at Rue & Co. Also given the lines that I’ve witnessed outside the new Kong restaurant in Richmond, it’s pleasing to know that I can just duck down to Collins and Exhibition Street to get my fill of the wonderful Korean dishes instead. My pick is definitely the Kimchi Beef stew with sweet potato. I don’t think I’ve stopped raving about how delicious and memorable that dish was. Also make sure you try the Pork Belly Kong Bo Ssam which was melt in the mouth delicious.
Equally, who needs to venture that far for a brilliant Souva when you can make a quick trip to Jimmy Grants for a cheeky meal. This outlet has satisfied my culinary needs for a souva with soft pita bread and succulent lamb all wrapped up with a chip surprise in the middle. Or if you’re in for something different then try the steamed Jimmy Dimmy, their take on the humble steamed dim sim.
Finally, let’s not forget St Ali. This place opens at 7am, meaning you can get a wonderfully brewed coffee along with a range of scrumptious breakfast delights (choose your own Toast and Potato Hash are just a few on offer) and after 11:30am you can choose from their Burger menu! To date I’ve been there for coffee and profiteroles and next on my list is to check out their burger, because I have it on good authority from a fellow fat kid, that it is indeed worth a taste!
Now if you’re concerned about Rue & Co being outdoors and fear that it might be too cold, then let me assure you that there is plenty of seating and there is plenty of heating around to keep you warm and toasty! So give it a try this Winter and mix things up a bit. You won’t regret it!
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