The first thing you notice as you enter Space Kitchen is the edible artwork laid out enticingly in the glass cabinet right where takeaway-coffee clients can see them. There they sit, glistening all the colors of the rainbow, and whispering to you that their calorie count is next to nothing.
I gained 2 pounds just breathing in the same air, but it was definitely worth it.
Are they not the prettiest things?
Don’t you think that any of them would look amazing on top of a couture Melbourne cup hat?
Just reading the names and descriptions was exciting. It reminded me of my teenage days when I would browse lipstick and nail polish aisles to just read the names of each hue.
Ricardo looks about 18 years old, way too young surely, to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of his first food venture, Ricardo’s Cafe.
He took the approach that the setting up and running of Ricardo’s was his version of doing a university degree. From its beginnings as a 40-seat cafe, it has seen rapid growth both in seating capacity and the creativity of its dishes along with its loyal clientele.
Now, his new venture, Space Kitchen has brought Ricardo’s much loved menu to the suburbs with many of the menu favorites having a Space-themed tweak. It is Ricardo’s- but all grown up.
For our breakfast there this morning, none of the dishes were created out back. We got a front row seat up at the kitchen bench, watching the chefs preparing all our meals. The flavours and taste combinations were exciting, colourful and inventive. Every dish is pretty.
I experienced a couple of firsts. My very first taste of molecular gastronomy and my first time eating flowers in a dish.
What fun and just a feast for the senses.
Vegetable fritters-$18.90 Corn, zucchini and haloumi fritters with poached egg, harissa yoghurt, beetroot hummus and corn couscous.
Again, those combined taste sensation are a dream team on your tastebuds.
Smoke salmon breakfast – $18.90 All the pretty extras on each plate we had at Space Kitchen cleverly came together to add an extra pop, zing, crunch or taste sensation. I love the thought that went into the taste combinations. Here is hot smoked salmon, avocado, coconut roesti, poached eggs, puffed grains, dukkah and lime coconut dressing. So tender and fresh. Goes without saying that it was delicious.
Polenta waffles- $18.90 These waffles were my top pick of the delicious breakfast dishes we sampled. What a fabulous invention, right?
I left the restaurant marvelling at why I never thought about making savoury waffles before!
These polenta and cheese waffles are served up with lemon thyme, sautéed mushrooms, goats’ cheese, poached eggs, corn purée, salsa verde and truffle oil.
So many of my favourite things, I didn’t even mourn the fact that it wasn’t drenched in my all-time weakness-Hollandaise sauce!
The truffle oil is poured over the dish at your table and I believe there may be dry ice or liquid nitrogen involved
Hotcakes-$17.90 A boysenberry hotcake stack with blood orange curd, freeze-dried cranberry and white chocolate crumble and coconut mascarpone. Just use your imagination really. 🙂
Space Benedict– $18.90 Pulled pork croquette with poached eggs, beetroot Hollandaise, pork crackling brioche crumble and pea purée in a plate. My ears pricked right up at hearing my two favourite words: Hollandaise sauce! The sauce is tasty with a tang to it. The pulled pork is perfectly tender and seasoned under the fabulous crunch of that pork crackling brioche crumble.
Bircher muesli $15.90 Bircher muesli with seasonal fruits, blood orange curd, passion fruit caviar, yoghurt and pistachios
You know what they say about trim chefs? In Ricardo’s case, I think the reason he is fit is because he is so busy dreaming up more ideas all the time. I won’t give you any spoilers, but if you get an invite to have high tea at Space Kitchen some day in the near future, make sure you hot tail it out there. It will be unmissable.
As we left our fabulous breakfast, one of the chefs offered us a grape from a large bunch. I didn’t trust the twinkle in his eye, but politely accepted. As it burst in my mouth there was a zingy fizzle of a taste explosion. Fun food, scrum-diddly-umptious food.
Can I do it again? I wasn’t ready the first time!
You will find Space Kitchen in Woden’s CBD at 3g/12 Furzer St, Phillip.
Contact them on 62816668. Find out any news on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SpaceKitchenWoden/
The breakfast dishes are available all day!