With around 60 per cent of the produce used at Thornbury milk bar-turned cafe Kitschen Pantry grown fresh in owners Rhondalee Hunt and Steve Ridley’s nearby backyard garden patch, there’s an earthliness that pervades KP that can’t be beat.
From tomato plants, apricot, fig and plum trees, to free-range chooks, Hunt transports the goods direct to a kitchen space that serves daily specials like organic beet greens soup, prosciutto, roast tomato and pecorino tartlets and house made chicken, shallot and brandy pate served with sourdough fingers.
On the shelves and in the fridges you’ll find Jasper Coffee, bircher muesli, Chipman Chips, Maria’s Pasta goods, Phillippa’s Breads, Maggie Beer products, Serendipity natural ice cream, Yarra Valley Persian fetta, Jonesy’s Milk and Sunzest organic juices. All the gourmet favourites, really.
There are also quality spider ales, rocky road, liquorice and three blends of Jasper (Cafe Femenino, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Swiss Water decaf). Inspired by her Italian grandmother, Anna-Maria, whose photo sits high on shelving alongside the empty gumball machine and vintage teapot, Hunt’s Kitschen Pantry is genuine, warm and homely – just like Nonna’s house.