If you’ve been drooling over a picture of some cafe food on Instagram lately chances are it’s been taken at Kitty Burns. This Abbotsford cafe tucked away underneath an apartment development opposite Ikea is plating up some of the prettiest dishes in Melbourne.
The cafe itself is also photo worthy with the soaring industrial style space accented with blonde wood, copper and mint green fittings. There’s tiny nooks kitted out like small wooden houses or big tables for groups depending on your mood. A large outdoor seating area is perfect for a sunny day with views over the Yarra.
Luckily the food here is just as tasty as it looks. A standout is the blueberry and lemon bircher muesli ($14) which has a great citrus edge to it and comes topped with artfully arranged berries and flowers creating almost a still life artwork in a bowl.
The omelette Arnold Bennett ($23) has to be one of Melbourne’s more expensive breakfast dishes but the slow poached fish is both decadent and delicious.
The only underwhelming dish is Kitty Burns spiced Togarashi avocado ($13.50) which is served up as simply a half of avocado, sprinkled with spices and a serve of toast. I like a cafe to put a bit of effort in to at least mashing the avocado for me or doing something to it so I can justify actually buying it at a cafe rather than making it myself at home.
Whatever your take on the breakfast dishes it should be illegal to leave Kitty Burns without indulging in some of the Bistro Morgan pastries. From dougnuts topped with syringes to “cruffin” delights which combine croissants with muffins its a sweet tooth’s paradise.
Coffee also doesn’t disappoint. Whether you want it straight up, cold drip or single origin the baristas know their stuff and serve up the good stuff from a La Marzocca machine. There’s also some great juices and smoothies (try the Danny Zucco green juice) a serious tea menu from Storm in a Teacup and my favourite Mork hot chocolate as well. Kitty Burns is more expensive than your average cafe but it’s not just a pretty face.
Details: Kitty Burns, 24 Acacia Place, Abbotsford (Ph 9427 0164)