Saturday, 29 June 2013

Porgie and Mr Jones

I spent a lot of my early years at my great grandmother’s house in Auburn Road, Hawthorn and I thought I would go and see what it looks like now. Well... all I could see was a huge fence! I could have grabbed a ladder and peeked over the fence but I thought that would have looked a little suss... Maybe next time I could take a tall, gorgeous guy with me and sit on his shoulders so I can peep over the fence (I suppose he doesn’t have to actually be gorgeous to get the job done, but still...) but for now I am left to wonder what my great grandmother’s house looks like. Anyway, my girl friend and I thought as it was now lunch time, we could head down the road to Porgie and Mr Jones. The place was pretty busy which turned out to be a good thing because we got to sit in the fancy part at the back with the tablecloths. Porgie and Mr Jones and Snow Pony are owned by the same people, which you can certainly tell by their similar menus. I could have easily had the yummy Toasted Banana Bread with maple syrup mascarpone, fresh banana, berry compote and crushed pistachio ($15.90) that I have had at Snow Pony but I wanted to try something new. The Croissant with ham off the bone, béchamel, Emmental cheese and truss tomato ($7.50) sounded nice but I was feeling really hungry today. I decided to have the Roasted pumpkin cannelloni with tomato, olives, sage and chestnuts ($20.90) and I am glad I did! It was fantastic and they weren’t skimpy on the chestnuts. My friend went with the Toasted Piadini with Sopressa salami, black olive tapenade, and buffalo mozzarella with an added salad ($13.90). She enjoyed this very much. Our lattes ($3.50) were also really yummy. The service was very efficient, so much better than Snow Pony! If only my great grandmother was still alive...  she would have loved this place (actually she probably wouldn’t have liked it at all... but I do and can’t wait to come back).

Roasted Pumpkin Cannelloni
Address: 291 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn, VIC.

Phone: 03 9882 2955

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Friday, 21 June 2013

Nuts About Coffee


We are in Blackburn today and in desperate need of some great tasting coffee so we thought we would try out Nuts About Coffee. This place has had some great reviews on Urbanspoon so hopefully we will not be disappointed. The cafe is quite small but we managed to get a table inside. A glass cabinet showed some savoury options such as filled croissants if you are after a light lunch. A selection of sweet offerings are also available to go with your cup of coffee... or tea. However, today we just wanted some coffee. They use Red Star Coffee here which I haven’t had before. Our cappuccinos were only $3.00! They tasted delicious and even came with a yummy nut slice. The nut slice was quite filling and a lovely addition. It’s great that I have now found a cafe in the Blackburn area where I can get some quality coffee.

Address : 80 South Parade, Blackburn, VIC

Phone: 0433 323 326

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Jump Inn

I love heading up to Kellybrook Winery and gazing over the beautiful vineyard with the poplars. Instantly I am transported to France. Well actually I’m in Wonga Park but a girl can dream... After taking in the amazing views, we head to Wonga Park’s only daytime eatery, the Jump Inn. I’ve never been here before and was surprised to find a homely interior with a large open fireplace. I wish they had lit a fire today because it was pretty cold during our lunch... The place was full but we managed to get a table. The menu showed a range of lunch and pub style meals with a particular leaning towards chicken... Chicken and Mushroom Crepe, Chicken BLT, Chicken and Avocado Focaccia, Chicken Schnitzel Focaccia, Open Chicken Souvlaki, Chicken Parmigiana... Chicken is my least favourite protein so I went for the Fish and Chips ($22.50) because the fish was flathead tails, which I love. This came with chips, salad and a tomato relish. A very generous serve and definitely much better quality than what is offered at your usual suburban pub (It’s no secret that I am not a fan of the lack of quality offered by such establishments...). Everything on the plate was excellent and the salad was interesting and the relish yummy. My friend went with a slightly retro option. The Seafood Crepe ($18.90), a selection of seafood sautéed in white wine and garlic béchamel sauce, garnished with parmesan and fresh parsley. This was gobbled up and apparently very tasty. Table service is provided here and overall our service was fine. After lunch we ordered some lattes ($3.50) which were okay. A table nearby ordered a high tea which was enormous for the two of them but they certainly looked like they were enjoying it. Something to remember for the future... Anyway, next time you have the craving for some quality pub fare, head over to the Jump Inn and you won’t be disappointed.

Address: 70 Jumping Creek Rd, Wonga Park, VIC.
Phone: 03 9722 1201
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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Prospect Espresso

It’s lunch-time and I’m in Camberwell. Faced with the dilemma of which cafe to go to, I happen to spot Prospect Espresso as I drive past so I take this as a sign. I also manage to easily find a park nearby... I take this as another good omen and thus we decide to have lunch at Prospect Espresso. The place is small and packed full of people but we are directed to the newly vacated window seat. Definitely the gods are telling me to try Prospect Espresso today or I’m just extremely lucky... Could this cafe possibly live up to my now high expectations? Absolutely! The staff were very welcoming, efficient, and friendly. The menu revealed some delicious options. Plus, breakfast is served until 3pm so there are lots to choose from. The Farro and Beetroot Salad ($15.00) with the earl grey dressing sounded interesting. I am utterly in love with brioche at the moment so maybe the Breakfast Roll ($12.50) with poached egg, bacon, and hollandaise on a brioche bun... I finally decided to have the Truffled Brioche ($17.00) from the breakfast menu. Sautéed mushrooms, asparagus, poached eggs, and truffled hollandaise. Mmmm very yummy indeed. Very rich but I managed to polish it off. My friend opted for something from the lunch menu. The Warm Salmon and Brie Terrine served with egg yolk puree and cottage cheese and dill toast ($16.50). This looked fantastic and apparently tasted good too. Obviously some seriously good food is offered here. I ordered a latte today but their Chai Latte ($4.00) looked really special so maybe I will try that next time... However, my coffee ($3.80) tasted beautiful. After a rather long stretch of mediocre coffee, I finally have received some decent coffee! If you have read my review take this as a sign, and head over to Prospect Espresso immediately, but leave the window seat free... that’s mine.

Address: 2a Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell, VIC.
Phone: 03 9882 7359
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