Thursday, April 02, 2009

Porgie + Mr Jones, Hawthorn

Melbourne's best scrambled eggs? Mr Jones' scrambles with Holy Goat cheese is certainly a contender, with soft, light folds of "happy" free range eggs dotted with silky chunks of goat's curd. The scrambling technique is so light touch that this dish pushes the boundary between scrambles and omelette. Maybe they should call it a scromelette? Maybe not. Either way, it's a must-try breakfast when you visit Porgie + Mr Jones, 291 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, Tel +61 3 9882 2966.

There has already been much raving about P+MJ (as they like to call themselves), with kate and zoe even proclaiming the place Melbourne's best cafe. I don't know if I'd go that far, but it certainly deserves A-list status. The only weak links I can think of are service and coffee, which are merely good, not great.

Food-wise, they didn't put a foot wrong. The poached eggs were excellent. Ditto the thyme-buttered mushies and smashed avocado. There were loud squeals of protest when I tried to steal a taste of the ham, cheese and tomato croissant off the plate of a 2-year-old. And at $4.90, I very nearly ordered a McPorgie chaser: a toasted english muffin stuffed with gypsy ham and "creamy dreamy" scrambles.

Sweet tooths are also well-served: toasted banana bread with maple syrup marscapone, fresh banana, berry compote and crushed pistachios ($12.90); Carmen's bircher muesli with cinnamon poached pear and honeyed yoghurt ($9.90); toasted Noisette fruit bread ($6); and croissants with Bonne Maman jam ($5.50).

And all served in the buzzy surrounds of a designer, recycled, pseudo-industrial fitout. Like a tiny oasis of Fitzroy in the suburbs.

18/20 "silky scrambles"


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Blogger wongoli said...

i would agree that mr jones' scrambles are tasty, but they veered very close to slimy today. i would still vote for fandango's scrambles as better.

5/4/09 18:13  
Anonymous Bec Matheson said...

try Picolo on High St in Prahran for scrambled eggs. Amazing!

5/4/09 22:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hilarious chaotic staff when cash register broke down.
way overhyped.
fandango, cumulus inc., & tom phat do much better eggs.

3/5/09 14:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

friends of our introduced us to P+MJ (as the locals like to call it..) a couple of months ago, and even though we live in Brighton, we travel over there most weekends for one particualr dish they do - the smashed avocado with thyme buttered mushrooms, persian fetta nd torn basil.. We both agree, the service, feel, groove, tunes and staff are always consistent and brilliant, and really, we think this IS melbournes best cafe... the problem is.. when we SAY things like this, people go into the cafe with an expectation and start looking for things to pick at, rather than just going and enjoying the feel of the place... The guys that run it are truly in a league of their own... and i think they do well, just going under the radar.. PLUS, we dont want it getting any busier, it is already too hard to get a table!!!

27/5/09 01:49  
Anonymous Jeremy said...

Nice Food, bad service. First time we went it was just so S.L.O.W!! Really, eggs don't have to take an hour.

Second time, table of 5. Brought out other tables orders twice, 20 minute waits for bottled water etc.

My friends parents went there a few weeks later, ordered, had food brought to them twice which was not what they ordered. When they complained (several times at that point) the manager simply told them that 'perhaps it was better if they left'....When it was P+mJ's fault.

The food is nice, but the place feels like it has no soul. Also, places which take cash only can suck it, especially one which caters to the yuppy crowed like P+mJ.

1/6/09 12:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is pretty sad when cafe owners start to write their own press. Comment 4 is clearly not just your average punter, but rather someone connected with Snow Pony, dare I say it, perhaps even the owner!! It is glaringly obvious that these guys are in a "league of their own" when it comes to writing over the top, favourable reviews about themselves. Poor form.

2/6/09 17:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Banana Bread is truly amazing, service is great although another waiter on the floor would make it a bit easier to cope with the busy lunchtime rush. Hurry up and open the courtyard again, we miss the afternoon rays with your delicious coffees!

27/6/09 15:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to P + MJ after reading a great review, but I must say I was unimpressed the day we went. Service was incredibly slow, my partner's banana bread was almost finished by the time my eggs came out, and the coffee came out after both meals had been served. I could see the barista was working overtime to keep up with the demand but clearly more staff are needed. the coffe was okay - not worth a 40 minute wait though.

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