Cibi has become well known for its honest and delicate approach to food and its restrained but ultimately stylish interior. Clever little design touches and objects such as an old Apple Mac used as a doorstop and vintage road bike accent an interior that is more about the sum of its eclectic parts rather than a heavily stylised fit-out.
With multiple seating options from large communal tables to vintage bench seats there are many ways to whittle away the hours. Unsurprisingly Cibi has built up a reputation for its Japanese breakfast, which is only served on Saturdays for $14.50. Made up of a homemade light miso soup with carrot, tofu and seaweed, followed by a delicately presented offering of rice, shiozake (salt cured grilled salmon), with sides of potato salad, mini slivers of cucumber and perfectly formed ovals of tamago (egg roll) it’s a great way to start the day. The vegetarian version comes with wonderfully piquant pickled pumpkin which satisfies due to its balance of sourness and its inherent sweetness.
The other food on offer is also similarly light, with a beautiful soba noodle salad accented with cherry tomatoes and finely diced green olives bathed in a dashi and soy dressing, sourdough toast with a wonderfully mustardy potato and egg salad and a tofu burger topped with shiso leaf. The Jamanese breakfast is based on Meg Tanaka’s grandmother’s recipes which makes Cibi a little slice of Tokyo in the quiet back streets of Collingwood.