Kitty Burns is one of those places that we stalked (with anticipation) on Instagram for a solid few months before officially opening. What would this magical café by the Yarra offer us? Housemade almond milk? Kombucha? Gluten AND dairy free options? The answer to all three was a resounding yes.
Tucked away off of Richmond’s Victoria St behind apartment and office buildings, finding Kitty is no easy feat! The theme of the sprawling space is nature- starting with a Yarra Trail adjacent location. The interior is full of soft creamy wooden furnishings, copper, and lush greenery. An open plan indoor dining area is enclosed by enormous walls of windows, overlooking the bushland backyard.
Kitty’s menu is a health foodie’s paradise, with an enormous amount of detail put into each and every item. The menu is modern Australian, with Japanese undertones. A more traditional brunch-goer may be perplexed by some dishes, for example The torched Kingfish w kimchi mayonnaise, leek ash, sea succulents Japanese rice and a 63/63 egg. While it might seem a little odd to be eating sea succulents & leek ash for breaky, Kitty has made extraordinary the norm. And did we mention much of the menu is tailored for gluten/dairy free and vegan diners?
Brunch goers with a sweeter palate will adore the Eton Mess- coconut yoghurt, strawberry textures, spiced meringue, activated buckwheat clusters, wild orange, goji. Complete with dainty edible flowers, simply ask to remove the meringue to make this masterpiece vegan friendly. Another piece of art from Kitty’s kitchen is the Coconut Chia Pudding, with mango, cherry, aerated coconut & caramelised buckini . Both dishes are food intolerance friendly.
For those health-foodies craving a savoury dish, Kitty’s Greens should be top of their list- with charred broccoli, asparagus & baby gem, avocado, spinach, mizuna, shredded kale, house grain & roasted almond (V, DF, GF). Even the obligatory smashed avocado dish has been elevated to another level- Spiced Togarashi Avocado is served with citrus, umami salt, avocado & edamame smash, with a choice of toast.
If you’re anything like us, smoothies will also be high on the brunch priority list. Kitty offers an enormous selection of the superfood-laden drinks. Try the Mint Slice (banana, spinach, almond milk, avocado, raw cacao, dates, mint essence) or a cold pressed juice. If you’re feeling adventurous, try an elixir, which have been created and fermented by naturopath Rosemary Walmsely at Raw-Satya.
Kitty’s selection of dairy-alternative milks is excellent, with Bonsoy alongside housemade almond, cashew or hazelnut milks. Coffee, chai’s, tumeric lattes, Storm in a Teacup tea and Mork Hot Chocolate (85% darker) round off an extensive beverage menu. Kitty supports several local business, with suppliers including Cuckatoo Olive Oil, Sungold Dairy, Rustica Artisian Bakers bread, Peter Bouchier Smallgoods & St David’s Dairy butter.
A modern Australian/Asian inspired brunch menu in a natural setting- what’s not to love? Kitty is open 7am-3.30pm Monday-Friday and 8am-3.30pm weekends.