Rupert & the Fig is another living testimony to the creative genius of the owner of these cafés. According to the proprietor, Rupert & the Fig was recently renovated by interior stylist Claire Larritt-Evans, and what a renovation! Upside-down pot plants hang from the roof like Christmas baubles. The ceiling lamps look like vintage factory lighting or ex-army barracks memorabilia. This little cafe simply reeks of alternative class and style.
If the decorating style wasn't enough to charm you over to this side of the city, perhaps the fact that this café has its roots deep in the organic industry may make you feel like dashing out there. Rupert & the Fig is a pure foods café, which means vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs rejoice! This is a place where you can find a delicious meal that won't make you bend your ethics, or go home feeling bloated.
The owners of Rupert & the Fig support local farmers who farm in a sustainable manner and make organic or bio-dynamic produce (if you listen carefully, you can hear the environment cheering) and most of the vegetables are the highest quality Victorian organics.
At this point, those of you who are worshipers of all things meaty and naughty may have zoned out, or are about to click out of this review, but fear not! Rupert & the Fig may do healthy food to the 'T', however, they are also adept at dabbling in delicious, decadent delights.
Many items on the menu are gluten free and of the ones that are not, some still have a gluten free option available. I myself demolished a vegetable curry with cauliflower and brown rice, all gluten free. This dish felt so healthy and satisfying, I could almost feel my body ageing backwards as I ate.
My husband, (being one of those carnivorous creatures I mentioned earlier) who believes that meat makes up four of the five food groups and doesn't think a vegetable curry is a real curry, ordered a hearty serving of eggs Benedict. This arrived with all the usual trimmings one would expect, the only difference being better quality ingredients.
The service was surprisingly speedy, considering we ordered during the busy lunch hour, and the staff were all both friendly and informative. Beverages sampled included Hepburn Pink Grapefruit Mineral Water, and Mock Red Hill Cider, which were both light and refreshing. The naturally flavoured mineral water contains no cane sugar, which is a definite plus, and also comes in a variety of other flavours for your drinking pleasure. As for the cider, it is made using apples grown in a biodynamic orchard. In plain English, this means no artificial chemicals used during farming and essentially, no nasties going into your bodily temple when you ingest the product.
The coffee at Rupert & the Fig comes from big brother, Omar and the Marvellous Coffee bird, which is a mere stones throw away in terms of location. So expect an enchanting blend and a lip-smacking brew. And don't forget that this little café is licensed, so why not sample something new from their wine list?
Conclusion? What's not to love? Good food to feed people from both sides of the food world, fantastic coffee fresh from the roastery of Omar's and a host of beverages to quench your thirst or soothe your soul.