Rogue District brings a distinct new flavour to Brunswick brunch as we know it. Snapped up by brother- and-sister duo, Andreas and Annie Martinu, the venue and menu have been given a modern shake up, for a result that is at once rebellious, yet totally appealing.
Andreas and Annie have been roasting coffee under the name Reverence Coffee Roasters for nearly six years. When they sold their first cafe in Ascot Vale, they found themselves with an ever-expanding wholesale coffee business and ever-shrinking warehouse, as more and more cafes started to stock their boutique blends. A relocation of the roastery to a much larger facility in Campbellfield sparked the idea for a flagship cafe nearby, and so in February 2017, Rogue District was born.
The homely bluestone cottage retains the warm, cosy interior locals have come to know and love, updating things with a brand new kitchen and modern furnishings. The coffee on offer is, of course, supplied by Reverence Coffee Roasters. Blends and single origins are always on rotation, allowing customers to taste the differences in regions, processing methods and variations between seasons.
On high rotation is the 2014 Australian International Coffee Awards gold medal-winning Carousel blend, featuring beans from El Salvador, Kenya and Ethiopia. The La Marzocco is consistently pumping out espresso, and milk-based coffees alongside hot and cold batch brew to caffeine-craving customers. You can pick up fresh bags of coffee to take home, and the friendly staff are always on hand to offer brewing tips and tricks.
When it comes to the food, Chef Sungsik Moon brings an Asian twist to Brunswick brunching. The kitchen brigadecollectivelyholdsnameslikeMelbourne Oyster Bar, Seven Seeds, Nobu and Rock Salt on their resumes, so they were more than qualified to infuse exotic flavours into traditional brunch combinations.
You’ll find a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes on offer, including a signature Korean bulgogi beef burger, gruyere croquettes, and seasonal greens with broccoli hummus, avocado and seeds on sourdough. In true northside nature, there is an abundance of vegetarian and vegan options to satiate both sweet and savoury inklings.
Situated next to the picturesque Warr Park, Rogue District makes a popular hangout for locals and families alike. Reflecting the diverse nature of the Brunswick beat, it’s your one-stop shop for specialty coffee and inventive brunch, seven days a week.