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RUSU Realfoods

RUSU Realfoods RUSU Realfoods is a café and health food restaurant located on RMIT City Campus and Bundoora West Campus that specializes in providing ethical, plant-based, healthy food options and specialty fair trade coffee. They cater to diverse dietary requirements including gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and halal-friendly. Realfoods is a social enterprise run by staff and student volunteers of the RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) that provides affordable meals as well as delicious coffee on campus for students, by students.
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Last day of our week! 👌 with the weekend on the horizon we wish you all a happy productive weekend - or simply a restful...
23/05/2024

Last day of our week! 👌 with the weekend on the horizon we wish you all a happy productive weekend - or simply a restful one - restorative rest is so important for our lovely bodies and minds.
We thought today felt like a good day to bring our vegan pies back! It’s a little chilly 🥶
- creamy mushroom
- “steak” and pepper
- spaghetti bolognese with creamy bechamel
YUM. All come with Bill’s homemade relish :)

Behind the scenes - More of the team celebrating Vollie week! One of our past staff members Deivis popped by to have a c...
22/05/2024

Behind the scenes - More of the team celebrating Vollie week! One of our past staff members Deivis popped by to have a coffee last week ☕️
Please excuse the messy bench 😉 - it was a BUSY day 😘

Happy National Volunteer Week! Bill our 🧑‍🍳 with two of our wonderful vollies ❤️ Thank you to ALLLLLL our volunteers tha...
22/05/2024

Happy National Volunteer Week!
Bill our 🧑‍🍳 with two of our wonderful vollies ❤️
Thank you to ALLLLLL our volunteers that work so hard behind the scenes (and in the front!!)
We couldn’t do it without you ❤️
Today we have on the stoves -
- pumpkin soup served with toast
- brinjal/eggplant curry w/ rice
- tomato lentil Dahl w/ rice
Later on we also may have a cheeky something for our spicy friends 🌶️😘

I’m calling this the “Ooft” salad as that dressing makes you go ooooooft. Broccoli, with roasted hazelnuts and a sesame ...
20/05/2024

I’m calling this the “Ooft” salad as that dressing makes you go ooooooft.
Broccoli, with roasted hazelnuts and a sesame chilli dressing and shallots.
As always, just $3 as a side to any meal ❤️

$6 Dahl and Rice today 😘 Students only special ❤️
20/05/2024

$6 Dahl and Rice today 😘
Students only special ❤️

Salad that can easily be a whole meal. Roasted honey carrots, Black bean, cannellini, spinach, dukkah and extra roasted ...
16/05/2024

Salad that can easily be a whole meal. Roasted honey carrots, Black bean, cannellini, spinach, dukkah and extra roasted crushed hazelnuts. Oomph.
- as always, just $3 for a side to any meal or $9.5 for a full serve. ❤️👌🌿

- The Epic - We are loving the hashbrowns today 🥹 wedged in a soft bun with a herbed omelette, chipotle mayo, spinach an...
16/05/2024

- The Epic - We are loving the hashbrowns today 🥹
wedged in a soft bun with a herbed omelette, chipotle mayo, spinach and that halloumi we know is already a fan favourite. ❤️

“Little sunsrises” swipe left 👈with a cheeky hash brown, herbed omelette, a smile of pumpkin and caramelised onion to br...
16/05/2024

“Little sunsrises” swipe left 👈with a cheeky hash brown, herbed omelette, a smile of pumpkin and caramelised onion to brighten up your day. ❤️ $5.5 by themselves or once again if you are ordering a coffee get it for just $5 😘

India 🇮🇳 won in our stories poll the other day so we delivered! Aloo curry (potato curry) served with rice. Close second...
15/05/2024

India 🇮🇳 won in our stories poll the other day so we delivered! Aloo curry (potato curry) served with rice.
Close seconds in the poll were Korean and Malaysian! ❤️

Smokey rich Mexican bean stew with potatoes and rice. Topped with coriander and lime. SUPER warming, super filling. 🫘
14/05/2024

Smokey rich Mexican bean stew with potatoes and rice. Topped with coriander and lime. SUPER warming, super filling. 🫘

Salad of the day, just $3 as a side to any meal - Green Beans, Snow pea, cannellini beans, garlic, lemon and toasted sli...
14/05/2024

Salad of the day, just $3 as a side to any meal - Green Beans, Snow pea, cannellini beans, garlic, lemon and toasted slivered almonds. DELISH.

Thai red curry with cheeky tofu, wombok, bok choy, carrot, capsicum served with rice and Thai basil. Perfect for a healt...
14/05/2024

Thai red curry with cheeky tofu, wombok, bok choy, carrot, capsicum served with rice and Thai basil.
Perfect for a healthy warming meal on this autumn day ❤️

Ashish whipping up our Dahl ❤️$6 today only!
13/05/2024

Ashish whipping up our Dahl ❤️
$6 today only!

🇱🇰Kaju Curry - Sri Lankan Cashew Curry with green beans and snow peas and LOTS of cashews! Try this creamy delight today...
13/05/2024

🇱🇰Kaju Curry - Sri Lankan Cashew Curry with green beans and snow peas and LOTS of cashews!
Try this creamy delight today 😘
We’re going round the world this week!

Kachumba salad, a great accompaniment to your curry today. Just $3 as a side to your $6 curry today 😘 Tomato, cucumber, ...
13/05/2024

Kachumba salad, a great accompaniment to your curry today. Just $3 as a side to your $6 curry today 😘
Tomato, cucumber, coriander, red onion, lemon and teeny bit of chilli powder for that ZOOM.

Cheeky Spanish special today only $5.5 or just $5 if you’re grabbing a coffee as well 🙌 - Spanish omelette, with chipotl...
12/05/2024

Cheeky Spanish special today only $5.5 or just $5 if you’re grabbing a coffee as well 🙌 - Spanish omelette, with chipotle mayo, caramelised onion and rocket in mini baguette. Perfect to grab for something small on the way to class ❤️

Granola special for today, variety is the spice of life, as is having a healthy microbiome! With over 15 different ingre...
09/05/2024

Granola special for today, variety is the spice of life, as is having a healthy microbiome! With over 15 different ingredients in one cup including that ever important dietary fibre that our gut needs.
Our gut granola packs a punch when it comes to diversity :)
Just add milk of choice!
$8.50, 0.50c extra for alt milks.
❤️🌿🍓🍎🍊🍌🥝

Theesh’s cupcake special ❤️ only $2.90 or $2.20 with a coffee 😘We’ve also got perfectly good light rye bread (baked yest...
07/05/2024

Theesh’s cupcake special ❤️ only $2.90 or $2.20 with a coffee 😘
We’ve also got perfectly good light rye bread (baked yesterday) for $1 a bag - only available until stock runs out :)

This is an extra large serve of our Tom Yum with Tofu and our Thai green curry with rice. We still have a bit left today...
30/04/2024

This is an extra large serve of our Tom Yum with Tofu and our Thai green curry with rice. We still have a bit left today! We loooove Thai food ❤️
And don’t forget it’s toastie tuesday too! 😘

Do you know Realfoods do Catering? See our catering menu below, and you can pop into the cafe or email us at rusu.realfo...
09/04/2024

Do you know Realfoods do Catering? See our catering menu below, and you can pop into the cafe or email us at [email protected] to book it in!

Have you tried one of our Brekky rolls yet? We’ve had two favourites, one with our housemade chimichurri and our other w...
28/02/2024

Have you tried one of our Brekky rolls yet?
We’ve had two favourites, one with our housemade chimichurri and our other with our house made sriracha mayo.
Both with fried egg, HALLOUMI, and some greens. Yum.
$8.50 or $7.65 with RUSU membership. ❤️

Decaf from Colombia now here! From the lovely humans at  ❤️This is an easy going easy drinking decaf. 😘
27/02/2024

Decaf from Colombia now here! From the lovely humans at ❤️
This is an easy going easy drinking decaf. 😘

Here for your morning coffee run 💪☕️
14/02/2024

Here for your morning coffee run 💪☕️

How to get a coffee for $3.60 you may ask? Read on! And why these mad “party like it’s 1999” prices? Well if you bring i...
13/02/2024

How to get a coffee for $3.60 you may ask?
Read on!
And why these mad “party like it’s 1999” prices?
Well if you bring in your keep cup and your a RUSU member a small regular coffee IS $3.60.
Why?
It was SUPER important to us this year, and one of RUSU main focuses to address affordability for students.
Now we KNOW that students still need their cups of coffee to get them through their assignments, but when everything is going up in this world we knew we wanted to do something.
By supporting us you are supporting other students, so we can keep doing what we do


Serving up and their Marimbus with a chocolatey finish👌
Oh we also have your iced latte needs covered today and a ripper salad!
Don’t forget EVERYTHING on our menu is under $10 ALWAYS.
- and RUSU members get a cheeky further 10% off their entire bill.

Roast potatoes, sundried tomatoes, green olives, raw green beans and spinach with a delish dill dressing. $9.50 for a fu...
07/02/2024

Roast potatoes, sundried tomatoes, green olives, raw green beans and spinach with a delish dill dressing.
$9.50 for a full bowl or $3 as a side with any Toastie or curry. 💚💚💚

ALMOST FINISHED Our vegan roast chickpea, watermelon radish , rocket, coriander, peanut salad has been a hit! You can ha...
06/02/2024

ALMOST FINISHED
Our vegan roast chickpea, watermelon radish , rocket, coriander, peanut salad has been a hit!
You can have it as side for just $3 to accompany your Toastie or curry!
Keeping healthy options affordable ❤️

Herbed omelette Brekky rolls now! Filled with dill, spring onions, cheeses and our very own siracha homemade mayo with r...
05/02/2024

Herbed omelette Brekky rolls now!
Filled with dill, spring onions, cheeses and our very own siracha homemade mayo with rocket.
$8.50

-and just the beginning of our new menu for this year :)

❤️

WE ARE BACK TOMORROW! Tuesday 5th of Feb Now we know most of you study gulls won’t be in yet - but IF you are then fly d...
05/02/2024

WE ARE BACK TOMORROW!
Tuesday 5th of Feb

Now we know most of you study gulls won’t be in yet - but IF you are then fly down and say hello.
We will have reduced hours until all of you are back on campus, so at the moment we are operating from -
9.30am - 2pm
Mon - Thurs

We will keep you updated when they change to regular hours :)

Now, more importantly, we hope you all had a WONDERFUL summer and hung out on some beaches like these silly seagulls.

We’re really looking forward to hearing about what you all got up to over a cup of coffee!

Much love,
All of us at Realfoods
❤️

We are hiring! We are looking for a barista to join our fun and vibrant team for 2024! This is a part-time roll and not ...
12/01/2024

We are hiring! We are looking for a barista to join our fun and vibrant team for 2024! This is a part-time roll and not a casual student position. Minimum 2 years barista experience. CV and application form required - apply now here... https://rusu.rmit.edu.au/jobs

Address

360 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC
3000

The café and health food restaurant is located on Swanston Street in Melbourne. For those using public transport, the nearest tram stop is only a few minutes walk away. If driving, there are several parking structures nearby to choose from.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 3:30pm
Thursday 9am - 3:30pm

Telephone

+61423118699

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Vegetarian and vegan restaurants have become increasingly popular in recent years, and RUSU Realfoods in Melbourne is no exception. This social enterprise run by staff and student volunteers of RMIT University Student Union is dedicated to sustainability and providing ethical, plant-based healthy food options. They also offer fair trade specialty coffee.

One of the best things about RUSU Realfoods is their commitment to catering to diverse dietary requirements, including gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and halal-friendly options. This means that everyone can enjoy a delicious meal at this restaurant without having to worry about compromising their dietary needs.

Located on Swanston Street in Melbourne's city campus, RUSU Realfoods is conveniently located next to the RMIT Medical Clinic. The restaurant's focus on sustainability extends beyond just their food offerings - they also use eco-friendly packaging and utensils.

Overall, RUSU Realfoods is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a delicious vegetarian or vegan meal in Melbourne. With its commitment to sustainability and ethical practices, this restaurant is not only good for your health but also good for the planet.

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