Housed in a former computer store, the Rusty Fox is a simple, elegant and inviting standout on Macaulay Road in the heart of Kensington. Fresh local produce is beautifully presented with zero fuss on the recycled wood shelving running the length of the store. When we visited, the front of house was buzzing with locals (many of which the staff knew by name) sipping their coffees overlooking the kitchen.
While this establishment may not appear at a glance to be child-friendly, it proves that looks can be deceiving. If you pass through the narrow front of house, you will find a small courtyard out the back. It comfortably fit our pram and our son happily amused himself crawling around the enclosed courtyard, while we got to catch up on our newspaper reading. The space is a comfortable place to relax, adorned with succulents and crates that would accommodate any squirmy child’s bottom and a vintage tricycle to ogle at. My son, who loves wheels of any type, spent ages poking and pushing the trike around.
The cafe does not have high chairs, and other than the trike there are no toys, so keep this in mind if you are heading there. The courtyard however, does provide protected space and we are told it is the meeting place for a number of mothers’ groups.
The food . . . um . . . unbelievable. Quite frankly the best meal out I have had in a while. Being late afternoon, we had already had lunch and were only after a snack. Boy do I wish I had come with an empty stomach, as there were so many things on the menu that tempted me. We ended up sharing the crumpets served with dukkah, warm hummus, roasted chickpeas, fried egg and mushrooms. The Dr Marty’s crumpets soaked up every bit of hummus and juice from the mushrooms – melting in our mouths. Our hummus and garlic loving almost 1 year old could not get enough of them. No need for a separate kids menu here!
The menu is seasonal and only the best local organic produce is used. The deli offers takeaway meals ranging from the workday sandwich to succulent Osso Bucco. We are told that Rebecca Creighton (formerly head pastry chef at Rockpool Bar & Grill) makes some mean cakes and even whips up birthday cakes to order. All dietary needs are taken into account, and I am yet to try it, but apparently the gluten free, dairy free cakes she bakes are superb.
We will definitely be back and next time with room for sweets.501 Macaulay Road Kensington 3031
03 9372 1218 Tuesday – Saturday 8 am till late