By Aimee Chanthadavong
It’s every hungry person’s worst dilemma when it comes to not having one but two menus to choose from -- one offering all day breakfast and the other offering lunch.
This was the difficulty we faced eating at Ruby’s Diner, a pet- and children-friendly spot in Queens Park and walking distance within Westfield Bondi Junction.
In many ways this place fulfils the meaning of a diner – retro-style furniture, complimented by a sailor-like tattoo designed feature wall and a menu with the usual favourites like burgers, fries and milkshakes.
But while the idea of a juicy organic beef burger with beetroot relish, egg, pickles and cheddar cheese with a side ordering of fries with aioli was equally tempting as the brioche French toast with honey ricotta, poached fruit and maple syrup, our hearts were won over by the simplicity of Ruby’s BLAT with poached egg and tomato and avocado on toast with poached egg.
The generous servings of bacon, avocado and tomato are sandwiched between two slices of Sonoma supplied bread. While the filling usually includes lettuce, the café has given the usual BLAT a twist and uses radicchio leaves as an alternative. While radicchio is best known for its bitter flavour, it’s almost unnoticeable because of the smokiness of the bacon but instead adds another level of texture to the dish.
Two more slices of Sonoma’s bread create the base for the tomato and avocado on toast dish. Drizzled with sweet apple balsamic vinegar, one slice is topped with juicy roasted tomatoes and the other with half a creamy avocado. The highlight would have to the amount of bread available that is used to clean up every last drop of the balsamic as well as the oozing yolk of the optional poached egg.
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