Riddik owner, Michelle is feeling overwhelmed - and rightly so. Since opening their doors on the 8th of January last week, they've been inundated with customers clamouring to enjoy the offerings of their new Lower Templestowe restaurant.
There are six different types of eggs Benedict to choose from
Michelle felt that the area 'was hungry' for something fresh and new, and it's obvious from the crowd that greets myself and my partner that she was absolutely right.
Set in what once was an ANZ bank, on the corner of Macedon Street and The Mall, Riddik is a fresh, open space with funky and contemporary decoration that's set off with an amazing colourful mural by artist Tarek.
Riddik's star chef is Adam Robins who, from one look at the menu, is obviously a creative genius. The menu is filled with dishes that cry out to be tried. Items such as a 'Coffee rubbed beef burger served with cola infused BBQ sauce...' or 'Toasted waffles served with bourbon and honey ice cream'. As much as we'd love to try more, our stomachs aren't that big so my partner opts for the 'Field mushroom burger served with avo mash and buffalo mozzarella and beer battered fries'. I get the 'Strawberry cheesecake stuffed french toast.'
Strawberry cheesecake filled french toast
Let me describe the french toast for you. Firstly, it's visually spectacular - as you can see from the photo. The flavours combine perfectly - the creaminess of the filling, the tartness of the strawberries and raspberries that burst in your mouth and then when you think it can't be better, the crunchy coconut flakes leave a distinct taste in your mouth that I can only describe as divine.
As it was their first week, it's understandable they were going to have teething problems. The meals took almost an hour to arrive but we were warned it was going to take a long time as we sat down. As a result, my partner's burger was lukewarm. He described it as being tasty but would have been nicer on the hotter side, but, honestly, it's just a matter of time. I'm sure they'll work it out.
Michelle says that the restaurant received its name from the movie Riddik starring Vin Diesel. "He could see at night as well as day ... we are open day and night and the architects thought that was fitting."
Riddik is feeding a niche market in Lower Templestowe. It provides a fresh dining experience in local suburbia that is sure to remain an icon for years to come. If you're in the area or looking for a fun and tasty meal out, give it a try.
Book in advance. As I said, it's crazy busy! It might be an idea to have a look at their online menu and order what you want when you sit down.