It’s almost startling to think about how long Brad and I have been together.
Five years ago at 344 Rathdowne Street in Carlton North, I remember we go for dinner at Black Ruby, a restaurant that specialised in gluten free food, where we sat in the window and got lost in a fit of giggles over a bottle of wine.
So it’s kind of fascinating to revisit a date spot, that I have surprisingly vivid memories of (for being a random date night), and see it transformed into something else.
Masons Cafe and Footsore is a refreshing addition to the quiet end of Carlton in Rathdowne Village. What I remember as a dark and slightly boozy place, is now bright, airy and so refreshing.
It’s a spot in the village to grab something to eat a home later, have a quick coffee, or sit down and chill out for a while with their cheery yellow teapots and warm and rich looking coffees.
I believe Brad enjoyed a special, taking all our favourite things, scrambled eggs and bacon, happily sandwiched in a burger. Simple, well done, and deliciously hearty.
My pumpkin and thyme bad beans with tilted spinach on top of a thick slice of gluten free bread was pure comfort on a cool and breezy morning. I loved the sweetness of the pumpkin with the baked beans, and the fluffiness in texture it brought as well. The touch of sesame seeds over the top added a beautiful earthiness to the sweetness.
Easy, laid back, and comforting. With all the hype around cafes these days, sometimes it’s just nice to get back to basics.
344 Rathdowne Street