It seemed like the perfect fit when Rolador opened its roller four years ago on Beaumont Street. With its quirky decor, this cafe was a little touch of Melbourne in a city crying out for some atmosphere and spunk. These days, it is still the perfect fit, as people stand at the roller for some of the best takeaway coffee around, or head inside for a meal.
With a Mexican slant to many of its dishes, Rolador is a great place to cater for peckish or large appetites, for something fresh, or even to add something greasy to soak up whatever is in your system from the night before.
The breakfast menu is available all day - and with options like a vegetarian big brekkie consisting of a hearty plate of baby spinach, avocado, balsamic mushrooms, slow-roasted tomato and haloumi, drizzled with hollandaise on a sesame bagel, why wouldn't I? The coffee is spot on, and the range of delicious drinks for non-coffee drinkers is impressive.
Brekkie, Ranch or Bandito burritos are popular breakfast options. Each comes with a combination of either eggs, bacon, chorizo, rocket, cheese, beans, avocado, jalapenos, or crispy potato, wrapped in a soft tortilla and coming with lashings of fresh tomato salsa, hot sauce, or sour cream.
The pumpkin, spinach and polenta loaf served warm with avocado and fresh tomato salsa is light and nourishing. The thick slab of house-made loaf is sweet and moist and the salsa adds zest. Alternatively, you could enjoy it as part of the "BBB", or Big Bean Brekkie, where a big scoop of rich tomatoey home-style baked beans sits on top of the scrumptious pumpkin bread.
If you want something simpler, there is toast, croissants, bagels, muesli, porridge and bruschetta to nibble on. You can add sides to just about everything, and not just your usual egg, bacon and roast tomato options. Haloumi, yoghurt, aioli, chilli jam, cream cheese, ricotta or chorizo are just some of tasty add-ons to ramp up your meal.
Lunch provides just as much variety. A tortilla with roasted pumpkin, peppers and potato with baby spinach, feta and chilli jam is crispy on the outside, perfectly oozy on the inside and packed full of flavour punch.
A lentil burger comes with baby spinach, fire roasted red peppers, goat's cheese and olive tapenade on toasted Turkish bread; while the pumpkin, mixed bean and spinach Balti curry comes on a bed of fluffy couscous. There are other Mexican-styled offerings: pizza, a black bean enchilada, chipotle quesadilla, as well as soup and salad. There are also a selection of sandwiches on different breads if you're after something less fussy, but still yummy.
Delectable muffins, cakes and other sweet treats go perfectly with a cup of tea or a chai. If you want to take a little reminder home with you, Rolador sells its salsas, sauces and coffee and everything can be ordered as takeaway.
The food here is wholesome, the mood is laid-back and the customers are happy. Look out, it might become your regular.