Published on January 22nd, 2015 | by Ultimate OmNoms0
I was in such a rush to be on time that I didn’t even notice the beautiful decor of Dear Jervois at first. Cute name for a cafe with a personal touch.
The past 2014 had been a winner with all the new cafes that proved that brunches don’t have to be just an eggs benny casually tossed together. This newish cafe had always been on the back of my mind and I thought just after new years would be the ideal time to sneak a table at this busy cafe.
We were lucky to get a seat too, settling at the long wooden communal table. The menu seems to boast it all, catering for the gluten free, vegan and free range meat crowds. But people pleasers can’t always win it all.
The menu is similar to their sister cafe Little King with their Shore famous waffles, Best Ugly bagels and choice of half an eggs benedict – a welcoming choice for small stomachs. I gravitated towards the portobello and potato hash stack, mainly for the love of mushrooms.
Little did I know it would be the hash stack that was the tastiest on the plate. I love hash browns in general but these were done so perfectly – not oily or too loose that it would fall apart before entering my mouth. The mushrooms were ok but it lacked some punch in flavour. Another clear winner was the pork belly – impressive when it came and continued to impress with the fresh crunch and warm heaty flavours. And while you can’t go wrong with a salmon benedict, it was one of the better ones I’ve had with generous lashings of salmon curled around the perfectly poached egg.
If I had a separate smoothie stomach, I’d try the peanut butter and blueberry, or cacao maca smoothie. But priced at $8, they will no doubt come in the massive trendy mason jars that basically mean one liquid meal for me. Next time for a health grind, I’d love to try Be Good Vegan with promises of quinoa, brown rice, beetroot, kimchi, pumpkin, coriander, sesame seeds and cashew aioli – sounds good already!
234 Jervois Road
(09) 376 7278