Take-away is no longer our only option. We in Melbourne now have the freedom to dine-in. What a relief – I don’t know about you, but I was really missing having a nice coffee and avo on toast. So I went to Riché to do just that. An Asian-inspired eatery drawing influences from Thai and Chinese cuisine, Riché has everything from matcha pancakes to slow-cooked lamb shanks.
Although it’s been newly opened, you might remember its roots – after all, it was previously known as OTTO Fine Food and Coffee.
During the lockdown co-owners Alger Liu and Allen Goh took some time to consider the impact of location and demographic on a cafe’s food and beverages, and that’s how Riché was born. Trendier, more elevated and better suited to Richmond, Riché hopes to revitalise Bridge Road, and then, maybe even Melbourne.
After trying the food, I’d definitely see that as a possibility. Here are our thoughts on what we ordered:
- The soy chai latte was perfectly creamy and sweet without being overpowering.
- Melbourne is a coffee capital, and the cold brew reflected that. The coffee was refreshing, strong without being bitter, and an easy drink.
- The zucchini and corn fritters were a vegetarian delight. Coming from Russian roots, I’m a fan of all things pickled, and the pickled carrots hit the perfect balance between sweet and sour. To describe the meal in a few words, I’d say flavourful, crunchy and filling.
- For the meat-lovers out there, you can’t go wrong with their Waygu burger. It was saucy and rich, and even the chips looked great on the plate.
- To finish it off, I’d recommend the marshmallow peanut butter brownie. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the outside, it was a great way to finish a great meal.
Whether you’re treating a date or your mum, consider Riché as your destination. Everything from the venue to the food is thoughtfully and beautifully designed, the staff are wonderful, and there’s something on the menu for everyone.
Daniela Koulikov is a freelance writer who loves movies, brunch and DIY kits. You can follow her at @danikoul.