All-day eatery Kitty Burns, which opens this week at Acacia Place – the "village" serving Abbotsford's Sanctuary apartment development – seems a world away from the bustle of nearby Victoria Gardens.
Its Nordic-style interior encompasses natural wood, greenery and fresh aqua and yellow tones. "We didn't want anything too glary or too hip," says co-owner Josephine Pulitano. "Even outside, the building itself has wood features and stone and we wanted that natural feeling to come through [inside] as well."
Scottish-born chef Aaron Duffy (London's Chez Nico, Restaurant Marco Pierre White) has created a menu that's both serious and playful.
His take on an omelette Arnold Bennett, with smoked rockling, clove and bay bechamel and an aerated hollandaise, reflects his classical technique, while he's reprised the Chick 'O Roll (filo-wrapped confit chicken and chicken mousse), a cheeky spin on the Chiko Roll from from his friend, fellow Scottish chef Raymond Capaldi.
Other standout dishes include the meat-centric Meet Mr Burns, featuring a slab of dry-cured bacon and Clonakilty black pudding, and Skipping Girl tiramisu, served in a terracotta plant pot.
A coffee cart stocked with takeaway treats caters to traffic from the adjacent bike path, while the juice bar turns out naturopath-created elixirs.
Open daily 7am-4pm.
24 Acacia Place, Abbotsford, 03 9427 0164, kittyburns.com.au