Italy 1 in Camberwell is one of my favourite restaurants for date nights... Delicious Italian food served in a dark and moody atmosphere is just the ticket for a splendid romantic evening. So when I found out that an ex-head chef of Italy 1, Henry Honner, had opened up an eatery over the road, I absolutely had to check it out. Juno and May is named after Honner’s two dairy cows from his childhood that were used to acquire a TV... The eatery is open for lunch and dinner. During the day expect some brunch items as well as pizzas and burgers. At night, there are of course some tempting pasta dishes but don’t expect just Italian food... Melbourne designer, Samantha Eades, helped to transform the interior creating a modern space that is comfortable too. There were a lot of mothers and daughters catching up for lunch when we visited and it is definitely the perfect place to gossip and relax. If you are planning a function soon, then you should consider Juno and May’s upstairs function space, ‘The Stalls’, which has a private bar. Check out their website for more details...
WHAT’S ON THE DAY MENU?
· The Gaucho — Slow-cooked beans, roasted capsicum, tomato, grilled chorizo and two poached eggs served with sourdough toast ($17.00)
· 8 hour smoky BBQ brisket, chipotle mayo and slaw on a brioche bun with French fries ($17.50)
· House made gnocchi, san marzano tomato, smoked mozzarella and basil ($20.00)
· Roast beetroot, pumpkin and shallot salad with spinach and fetta ($14.00)
WHAT’S ON THE NIGHT MENU?
· Pulled pork sliders, slaw, chipotle mayo ($6.00 each)
· 8 hour lamb shoulder Moroccan curry w roast vegetable cous cous, yoghurt, almond and raisins ($27.00)
· Artisan pasta with braised, farmed rabbit, sauce of mushrooms, shallot, lardons, tarragon and truffle oil ($28.00)
· Vego Pizza — tomato, cheese, peas, fetta, caramelised red onion and marinated eggplant ($17.50)
WHAT WE ATE...
We dined at lunch time on this occasion. I couldn’t go past the chilli scrambled eggs. The ‘Rumble Tumble — (Sister-in-law’s recipe) Scrambled eggs with chilli, spring onion, bacon lardons, tomato and coriander served with sourdough toast ($16.00)’ was delightful! The eggs had just the right amount of heat and there was plenty of bacon action that added flavour. I loved the addition of the coriander which worked well with the chilli and spring onions.
My dining companion picked the ‘Egyptian Falafel Wrap — hummus, pickled radish, tomato, cucumber and onion salsa, yoghurt ($14.00)’. This was also an amazing dish. The spicy falafels were cooled by the yoghurt and salsa and the bread was yummy too.
You can start your day with a ‘Bloody May ($15.00)’ which is their version of a Bloody Mary or perhaps a coffee ($3.80)... We both chose some English Breakfast Tea ($4.50).
Address: 662 Burke Road, Camberwell, VIC
Phone: 03 8840 8006
Tues - Sat: 9.00am - 10.30pm
Sun - Mon: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Sun - Mon: 9.00am – 4.00pm