Fo0die dined as a guest of Porgie + Mr Jones and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
We arrived at the venue at 11:30am on a Saturday and found parking on Broomfield Road which was 2P till 12:30pm with no limit on a Sunday. If you drive, make sure you check whether the side of the street you’re parking at is a permit zone. And if tram route 70 is easily accessible for you and you have a myki then there’s a tram stop basically right around the corner from the venue (saves you having to find parking!).
The brother duo have owned the cafe for three years and said they would like the cafe to be known as being a dog friendly and casual cafe venue that people can come to and enjoy themselves. And on that note, we set out to enjoy ourselves.
When we dined, the venue had recently renovated some areas of the venue including the outdoor courtyard area and a small section of the indoor dining area with future renovation work in the pipeline for the rest of the venue (including a larger bar area!)
Upon entering the venue, on the left side is an old worn looking bench with peeled paint looking out of the venue (this is where we sat) and a long wooden table that seats eight. Behind that is the bar and coffee counter.
As we walked into the venue, the venue opens up into two spaces, one going deeper into the venue and the other to the right of the venue. The opening straight ahead goes into a small space right next to the stairs and further in, a more formal looking dining room. The space on the right leads into a larger dining space with cushioned bench seats along the wall and tables lined up against the wall. Round tables on the other side casually occupying the rest of the space in the area.
A doorway from this area leads to what the venue calls the secret garden which is where the outdoor area is. Some seats are undercover while others are under the sun with umbrellas available when needed.
Looking through their A4 sized menu, an all-day menu with sides and a kids menu is on one side and drinks on the other (the venue is licensed and has breakfast cocktails as well as wine and beer).
It was a little early for us to get into alcoholic beverages, given this was the first meal of the day for us, so we opted for our usual matcha latte, which was strong in matcha flavour and not too seaweedy (apparently one of the better matcha lattes that Mr J has had), and mocha, which was well balanced, a little on the sweeter side and while the coffee aroma was not strong, I could feel the caffeine!
Both of the savoury dishes we tried are well suited to those who prefer flavoursome and well seasoned dishes. Mr J had the seared salmon and he could not rave enough about how perfectly cooked the salmon was. The miso vinaigrette in the soba was refreshing and appetising. The mix of zucchini and soba noodles gave the dish a nice bit of texture.
I had the truffle mushroom and although the photo doesn’t show it well, there was a generous amount of mushrooms underneath the poached eggs. Something that I would expect given the dish is mushroom based however this is not always the case at all venues. Parmesan on top was thickly sliced (usually we find parmesan is thinly sliced so this was worth noting for us), polenta was well seasoned, in fact, the entire dish was well seasoned and had a good amount of truffle flavour.
Light, fluffy and not too overly sweet despite there being white chocolate in the dish. Mr J loved that the french toast was not drenched in any sweet syrup and how the venue displayed their techniques by adding strawberries in different textures; from fresh to freeze dried to jelly texture. We really enjoyed this dish!
This one will be going into our recommended list. The food was delicious and well thought out in terms of flavour and textures.
Dishes that make up this review
- Truffle mushrooms with exotic mushrooms, crispy polenta, kale, parmesan, poached eggs and hollandaise ($21)
- Seared salmon with soy glaze, soba and zucchini noodles, edamame, cucumber, ginger, togarashi and miso vinaigrette ($22)
- French toast soaked in vanilla anglaise with white choc mousse, caramelised white chocolate and textures of strawberry ($19.50)
- Mocha ($4)
- Matcha ($4.50)