Humble Rays, Carlton

11/12/2017 , , 0 Comments

Humble Rays is a small cafe in Carlton located just off Queensberry St, about a 5-10 minute walk from Melbourne Central on the way up to Melbourne Uni. The cafe prides itself on a fun, relaxed environment and the use of seasonal local produce, with a focus on dessert dishes.

We went on a Saturday morning and were lucky enough to only have to wait for about 10 minutes for a table. The service was really great at Humble Rays, with really friend and attentive staff, and our food came out in less than ten minutes, something I'm not really use to at Melbourne cafes! The cafe itself was a lot more spacious than expected from the exterior, and I love the use of pastel green colours with white and wooden furniture to match. It was a little dark in the area we were seated in at the very back, but the front half of the cafe near the large windows allowed for plenty of natural light to enter.

The Humble Rays menu caters for a lot of dietary requirements, and as they say, has a good range of sweet dishes. We decided on the Soba Spring Bowl ($17.50) and the Puffle Waffle ($16.50) to share, as well as a matcha latte ($5) and the Mango & Passionfruit Soda Pop ($7.50). The match latte was a little on the sweet side (perhaps because of the soy milk used), and had a really good, strong match flavour to it. The soda pop was made up of passionfruit syrup, mango puree and mango popping pearls, and was a really refreshing drink with strong flavours, perfect for the warm weather.

The soba spring bowl consisted of an organic soba salad served with cucumber, quinoa, sweet corn kernel, tomatoes, seasonal sprouts, seaweed, sesame, tofu and a sweet chilli ponzu dressing. This was a really light and refreshing dish, and definitely very healthy. The natural flavours of the dish came through nicely, especially the fresh tomato and corn, and the crunch of the cucumber added texture. The sesame seeds also had great flavour, however I felt that it was slightly on the bland side - more dressing would've been nice, or something citrus-y to add some acidity to the dish.

The puffle waffle was made of Hong Kong egg waffle with a salted egg custard sauce, coconut ice cream, peanut praline, black sesame crumbs, sea salt caramel sauce and shaved white chocolate. The waffle itself wasn't too sweet, and was crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside. The use of coconut ice cream gave the dish a healthy touch and added flavour which complimented the peanut praline and sesame crumbs well. The shaved white chocolate gave the right amount of sweetness to the dish and wasn't overpowering, though I couldn't really taste the salted egg custard sauce at all.

There's definitely a healthy element to the dishes at Humble Rays, but still very delicious and an enjoyable experience. I'd go back again to try some of their other dishes for sure, and worth visiting if you're around the city/Carlton area!

Ambience: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Food: 8/10


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