Kitty Burns: Review
24 Acacia Place, Abbotsford
Open daily 7-4pm .
Beautiful architecture. Beautiful setting. Beautiful people. Beautiful food. Is that the key to a popular cafe in Melbourne in the age of social media? Abbotsford’s new Kitty Burns exploded into our feeds a couple of months ago when it opened in Acacia Place, an apartment complex nestled next to the Yarra, all pastel hues and edible flowers. It is is good as the photos appear: a high ceilinged space full of Scandinavian-style pale wooden furnishings and vertical green indoor gardens, floor-to-ceiling windows opening out onto the outdoor seating areas, and plenty of room for waiting diners to sit in anticipation of their name being called. The coffee cart and take-away juice bar a la The Kettle Black outside seems a pre-requisite now for cafes where wait times of up to an hour are the norm.
The menu reflects current trends towards Pacific Rim flavours, restaurant techniques and housemade produce: the standard #avotoast is transformed into the ‘Spiced Togarashi Avocado’ with citrus, amami salt, avocado & edamame smash ($13.5), the big breakfast is the ‘Meet Mr Burns’’ (with dry cured bacon slab, spiced bon bons, bacon jam, clonakilty black pudding, 63/63 eggs, mushrooms, spinach & my gentleman’s relish), and the famous burger is ‘The KB’ – shaved free range pork belly on brioche bun with green mango & papaya slaw, kimchi mayonnaise, housemade pickles and kimchi. The coffee was just okay – we ordered five, and the slightly bitter aftertaste was a constant presence. Maybe the machine needed a clean after a busy morning.