Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Grigons & Orr, North Melbourne

Well, there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage, and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon, and spam; egg, bacon, sausage, and spam; spam, bacon, sausage, and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon, and spam; spam, sausage, spam, spam, bacon, spam, tomato, and spam; spam, spam, spam, egg, and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, and spam; or Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy, and a fried egg on top, and spam - Monty Python breakfast menu

Unfortunately there was only one spam dish on the menu at Grigons & Orr, 445 Queensberry Street (corner of Chetwynd), North Melbourne, Tel +61 3 9663 5192. Because spam was the highlight of the pan fried spiced ham topped with scrambled egg and drizzled with truffle oil. And you know something's wrong when the highlight came straight from a tin.

grigons n orr - spam n eggs

The eggs were your average scrambled eggs. The toast was your average thin-sliced toast. And the truffle oil was so lightly drizzled as to escape detection by my amateur taste buds. This may have been the desired outcome of an ingenious plan to cast spam as the spicy star on a bland stage devoid of distracting flavours. Or it may have been a bad day in the kitchen. It was certainly a bad day for hash browns. Mine was extremely doughy and barely palatable.

Could this really be the same place that Preston, Valent and the copycats had raved about? Was it my fault for ordering spam spam spam and eggs, rather than apple fritters, cous cous porridge, or pancakes with Barbados cream? Maybe so (although others have slammed the pancakes).

It is a quaint little venue. They do sell mixed lollies (whoopee). The coffee is good. And the staff are friendly. But, in my biased opinion, if the eggs aren't up to snuff, who gives a crap about crocheted blankets?

13/20 "spam"

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Anonymous Ken said...

Copycats? Goddamit, if nobody else will, I'll say it. You lose your right to whinge about copycats if you go missing for 6 months. Breakfast fans have had little else to follow since you disappeared, so while it is good to have you back in the kitchen please respect the fact we have been starved of content for half a year. Perhaps then you might understand a new breakfast blog or two springing up to fill the void. Take it as a compliment!

10/1/10 22:35  
Blogger Unknown said...

The only reply appropriate to that is "touche". (That is meant to have an acute accent on the last e!)

10/1/10 22:58  
Blogger Jamie Wodetzki said...

Well actually, Ken, I just called them copycats, which is a statement of fact, not a whinge. Were I to whinge, I would point out that the copycats are:
(a) not really bloggers, since they call their thing a "web magazine" and don't allow comments; and
(b) not really filling a void, since they "only review the best places" and don't attempt to score or rank the venues they visit.
I prefer bloggers who'll dish the dirt when deserved, and debate it in the comments. But it's a free world. I'm sure there are people who like the fluffy, low-carb style of the copycats.

11/1/10 02:27  
Anonymous Ken said...

Hell, I never said I liked them, I just like the fact they add some content now and then. I know you have had this conversation with others on this topic during the first half of 2009 (i.e. you have a day job, etc etc) but 6 months is a long time between reviews. Like I said in my previous comment, take it as a compliment, there are plenty of people who have been hanging out for your blog to spring back into life.

11/1/10 09:11  
Anonymous Mich said...

I'm going to 'snap' with Ken here. I'm delighted you're back, no question about that, but I liken your absences to when my husband stays out MUCH later than planned, without letting me know.

I worry, in case something has happened to him, and when he gets home, the relief that he's ok manifests itself in annoyance!

Every time there's an unexplained long gap between blogs, I assume you've gone onto bigger and better things, and left us behind without a word...and it annoys me.

Yet I keep the bookmark, and I keep coming back, and I'm irrationally delighted to see new posting, and irrationally annoyed that there's no acknowledgment of our abandonment...

But is is good to 'see' you and your unique breakfast blogging style!

16/1/10 18:21  
Blogger Unknown said...

Don't hold your breath - I happen to know he's gone again! Off into the big, or should that read bigger, wide world.

17/1/10 22:29  
Blogger gusseting said...

nooooooooooooooo! breakfastblog, melbourne needs you! jamie, stuff the startups and legal eagles of the world, will you just come back and tell us about the breakfasts?

20/1/10 21:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um...feeling slightly out of place changing the subject to breakfast at Grigons and Orr, but hey...

We went last week and I had the Shakshouka which was good (and thankfully not described as 'Israeli' which another place not far way does...sheesh). Spicy, fresh taste, eggs nicely done.

My partner had poached eggs with spinach - lactose-free requirements addressed easily and without fuss. Eggs were good, service quick, although we and others had to wait a few minutes for a table. The coffee was also good - I didn't see whose it was.

The menu wasn't huge but decent and there were a few other things I want to order, but spam's off.
I think it's comparable, overall, to a place like Ray. 15/20.

23/1/10 09:10  
Blogger Jamie Wodetzki said...

Oh, but they DO describe the baked eggs as "Israeli" which you can see with your very own eyes here...

23/1/10 09:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does depend on which day of the week you eat at Grigons & Orr. I've had great breakfasts on a Monday and rubbish on a Tuesday. Think the best hash browns I've tasted versus something related to the Shamwow (they absorb oil you know?), pick your day wisely. I still love the place I'd hate to say.

12/2/10 22:15  
Blogger harbourmaster said...

The pancakes were a bit dry, but the day I was there the hash browns were great! And the service excellent.

13/2/10 21:54  
Blogger Unknown said...

I ordered this dish when Grigons & Orr first opened. The spam was 'barely there' thin and almost burnt to oblivion. Toast was dry. Scrambled eggs were nearly as dry and the truffle oil tasted cheap and nasty.

You're not the only one. One must imagine that Matt Preston and those of his ilk get the special treatment. As if the people serving him don't go into the kitchen and say, 'This order is for Matt Preston. Don't screw it up.'

15/2/10 17:41  
Blogger Unknown said...

And I had the famed porridge and couldn't eat it. Impossibly over the top. Too sickly sweet. I should have listened to the waiter who cautioned against it but I love a good porridge... this wasn't it.

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Hell, I never said I liked them, I just like the fact they add some content now and then. I know you have had this conversation with others on this topic during the first half of 2009 (i.e. you have a day job, etc etc) but 6 months is a long time between reviews. Like I said in my previous comment, take it as a compliment, there are plenty of people who have been hanging out for your blog to spring back into life.

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