I fell in love with this place as soon as I drove past it hunting for a close car park on a rainy Saturday morning. A few steps below ground level, I knew it would be the perfect place to hide from the hideous weather and refuel for a day on the couch. Although it has a very cosy vibe, the space itself is completely open on one side with the rest of the walls painted with 50’s diner nostalgia inspired art and filled with retro furniture that looks like it has been ripped from the set of Grease.
But, it is unlike a diner in many ways – the food is gourmet and of course, being close to beach, has an organic twist for the more image and health conscious. Amongst the bacon and eggs, benedicts and burgers there are things like pistachios crumbled over yoghurt and fruit and “super food muffins” which I was told sell like hot cakes, speaking of which they have buttermilk ones of those on the menu too.
Given it was a rainy day and a kale muffin wasn’t getting my motor running, I opted for some comfort food. And what is more comforting than a croque monsieur? It was everything a French toastie should be, buttery and crisp on the outside and gooey and warm on the side, and the optional poached egg on the top was a great addition to top off the meal. My friend’s bacon and eggs didn’t look overly inspiring but he was more than satisfied with it, and his banana smoothie wasn’t too shabby either.
Despite the dismal weather, there were people still willing to stand around and wait for a table, so be prepared to wait. Or if you’re an impatient pig, you can get a take away coffee and some famous Iggy Bread and feast at home while the crowd dies down.
Ruby’s Diner – Shop1/173-179 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction, NSW