The menu is dotted with Mediterranean influences – from sandwiches stuffed with layers of grilled eggplant, halloumi cheese and Macedonian capsicum spread, the deli bowl featuring dreamy, creamy burrata cheese and the smashed avocado slathered with beetroot labneh.
Just a few months old, there’s a lot to like about this charming cafe which is located in the heart of Belmore. With artfully weathered shutters framing the large windows, leafy vines hanging from the ceiling and pot plants throughout, the atmosphere is fresh, vibrant and seemingly already a hit with the locals.
When it comes to food, the menu is dotted with Mediterranean influences – from sandwiches stuffed with layers of grilled eggplant, halloumi cheese and Macedonian capsicum spread, the deli bowl featuring dreamy, creamy burrata cheese and the smashed avocado slathered with beetroot labneh. For those with a sweet tooth, the alluring churro french toast with meringue and raspberry sorbet sounds hard to beat.
Cilbir Turkish Eggs ($16)
For me, seeing the word ‘sujuk’ on a Sydney cafe menu is like striking pure gold (if gold were a delicious, cured sausage). Safe to say we spent an excruciating few minutes with the Cilbir eggs in front of us while we waited for a forgotten side of sujuk.
All was forgiven as we split open the flawlessly poached eggs with their golden runny yolks. Armed with a slice of crusty sourdough bread we dove into the tart Greek yoghurt with garlic, Aleppo peppers, a squeeze of lemon juice dill and finished off with a velvety butter sauce – brilliant and a must-order no doubt. As for the long-awaited sujuk, it somewhat lacked the richness in spices and moreish flavour that we’ve had previously. At $4 for a few thin slices, it almost wasn’t necessary (and that’s saying a lot for this sujuk addict).
Breakfast Bruschetta ($15)
The breakfast bruschetta is supercharged with sweet, mixed cherry tomatoes, red onion, chopped olives, creamy feta cheese, basil, lemon and a sticky balsamic glaze. Finished with a hula hoop of ground chilli which added a delightful tingle of spice, this was a satisfying and beautiful breakfast dish.
Despite the mediocre sujuk, I really enjoyed the Mediterranean influenced menu. The Cilbir eggs come highly recommended for that creamy yoghurt sauce – a delicious symphony of smooth buttery lows and bright, zesty highs notes. I’d also suggest trying the breakfast bruschetta, which is as fresh and flavoursome as they come. The main upshot is that I’ll be back and I’ll be trying that churro french toast.
This post is based on an independently paid visit to Rust Bucket. All opinions, comments and photos are 100% honest and my own.
21/335-337 Burwood Rd, Belmore NSW 2192
(02) 8590 6333
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