Ruby's Organic Cafe - 29 Mt Barker Rd, StirlingIt always surprises me that Stirling (or anywhere in the Adelaide Hills for that matter) doesn't have a 100% vegan cafe or restaurant. That being said, there's plenty of highly regarded cafes and restaurants in the Adelaide Hills with accidentally vegan dishes.
It was a chilly morning, I'd run out of cereal, bread and green smoothie ingredients and I'd procrastinated about leaving the house for over three hours. I finally decided to head out and find a delicious vegan breakfast. My first stop was Ruby's (as its affectionately known).
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I ordered the mushroom bruschetta (I asked for the mushrooms to be cooked in oil, not butter) and a carrot, apple, celery and ginger juice. I have no idea how long my bruschetta took to make, I was too busy people watching and reading the Sunday Mail to notice but the smell of the mushrooms filled the cafe and I knew I was in for a treat.
The bread was thick and lightly toasted, not too crunchy and covered in a generous layer of turbo tasty chickpea and spinach mash. The mushrooms still had enough crunch to them to know they're fresh and a dash of sweet balsamic balanced out the saltiness of the dish. It was just the right size for my breakfast and definitely hit the spot.
After my second mouthful, my juice arrived. It was one of those juices that had been watered down with a healthy scoop of ice. The liquid had separated from the frothy pulp and no amount of stirring with my straw could blend it together again.
Breakky and juice set me back about $20 (inc Organic tax and Stirling tax), had I not worn myself out stirring my juice, I would've grabbed a piece of vegan nut slice to take away.
Ambiance - 3.5/5: It's small, slightly cramped but warm and welcoming
Service - 3/5: Friendly but could be more efficient
Food: 8.5/10: I'm not including my juice in this score. The bruschetta was great!
In total, Tom gives Ruby's Organic Cafe 15/20 chops on the chopping board.