Rogue District is all about family. It’s the work of brother/sister team Andreas and Annie Martinu (of Ascot Vale’s Reverence Specialty Coffee and Tea). It’s not just the siblings keeping it in the family, either. Mum Brigitte is on board, baking most of the sweets.
The Martinus took over the old Jellystone cafe in early 2017, brightening the heritage-listed cottage without a complete overhaul. New lights, tiles and painted timbers welcome customers, while a furniture re-shuffle has decreased the clutter. There’s still plenty of courtyard space, ideal for parents and pets. Like we said, family is important here.
Korean chef Sungsik Moon runs the kitchen. His beef bulgogi burger is the menu standout, served with chilli slaw and kimchi inside a charcoal brioche roll. The leek croquets – accompanied by mushrooms, an egg and capsicum pesto – are popular, as is the soft-shell crab burger.
On the sweet side, there’s sticky date hotcakes finished with grilled banana, a pretzel crumble, salted caramel sauce, and vanilla ice cream.
Vegans and vegetarians are well looked after, as are the gluten-free. Brasserie supplies the bread; and Gippsland’s Burd the free-range eggs. Filter and espresso coffee come from Reverence, of course.