Named after the two girls who inspired the famous neon Skipping Girl sign nearby – Kitty Minogue and Alma Burns – Abbotsford’s Kitty Burns is about as all-encompassing as an eatery could be. A stunning, light-filled space serving up specialty coffee, naturopath-approved smoothies and seriously playful brunch, it’s a one-stop shop for foodies in Melbourne’s east.
Ownership is shared between brother and sister, Domenic and Josephine Pulitano, brothers Fontaine and Leigh Andrianopoulos, and Andrew ‘Sav’ Savvas, each of whom boasts a unique background in hospitality and business.
Domenic and Josephine are also owners of the Lilydale General and Naked Chicks; Andrew was the manager of Snow Pony in Balwyn; while Fontaine and Leigh both came from corporate backgrounds The group grew up as close friends and Kitty Burns is the culmination of their varied professional backgrounds and shared interest in hospitality. Perhaps most importantly though, they’re all major coffee aficionados.
‘Sav’ is the Head Barista and Venue Manager and has a close working relationship with Kitty’s coffee supplier of choice, Allpress Espresso. Sav and his team of dedicated baristas work from their own standalone coffee bar and there’s even an outdoor coffee cart running on weekends to serve caffeine to visitors as they wait patiently for a table.
Collingwood roaster, Allpress Espresso, was selected for its policies on fair coffee sourcing and trade agreements as well as its unequivocally delicious coffee. Allpress Supremo is the house blend, a rich, bold coffee with sweet notes of red berries and cocoa. As well as espresso, Kitty also offers filter, batch brew, cold drip and cold brew – made using a seasonal variety of single origins.
The food menu is undeniably adventurous, featuring a playful blend of classic and contemporary dishes. Meat lovers will want to Meet Mr Burns for a slab of dry-cured bacon and Clonakilty black pudding, plus mushrooms, spinach and gentleman’s relish, but for something sweet you really can’t go past the ETON mess: a delicious combination of coconut yoghurt, textures of berry, buckwheat crumble and meringue topped with blood orange and coconut shards. Not only do the dishes taste delicious but Kitty Burns also works with Give a Fork to increase awareness about reducing food wastage and using local sustainable ingredients.
Situated right on the banks of the Yarra River, Kitty Burns is a chic refuge among the gum trees. It’s worth visiting for the design alone: high ceilings leave room for floor-to-ceiling windows and metres of greenery, offset by pale timber house-like structures and table settings. Pops of rose gold and fresh aqua accents unite the space, presenting an aesthetic that is both contemporary and comforting. Its unique look has even been recognised internationally, with the cafe winning the Best International Cafe at the 2016 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards.
Whether you’re stopping by for a quick caffeine fix post bike ride, seeking a healing smoothie to nurse that Saturday hangover or heading in for a long, lazy lunch, Kitty Burns has got you covered.