PORGIE + MR JONES
291 Auburn Road
Hawthorn East, Melbourne
Reviewed on 4th May 2009.
Going on a gastronomic tour of Melbourne was inevitable when our party was staying at Jen's place in Hawthorn East... we trekked all over the city the day before building a huge appetite, but filling ourselves with chocolates and other Melbourne delights... but on the Monday we were due at David Hiscock's funeral - definitely a somber occasion and one that would be very emotional for all of us, so I asked Jen if there was somewhere we could fuel up for the day (and that would also cater for the variety of tastes and restrictions our traveling party had).
Jen immediately jumped at the chance to take us to her local favorite breakfast spot - just up the road.
Porgie + Mr Jones, Hawthorn was a small shop front near an intersection that look "trendy cool" an industrial minimalist fitout, without looking cheap and nasty (Melbourne seems to love this style - and i must admit i now do too.)
Not knowing anything about it - we all sat down and looked over the menu - I nearly squealed in delight - right at the bottom of the first page, was "Homemade Gluten Free Bread only $1.0 Xtra! - i was heaven! FINALLY for the first time in years i could have a full breakfast with toast and all without having to cook it for myself - i was giddy with excitement, not to mention the options... we all perused the menu, and whilst I steered totally towards eggs, bacon mushrooms and tomato, JP and Marky had smashed Avocado, poached eggs, mushrooms and with the optional extras, there was hints of smoked salmon and more! We all were blown away by the simplicity of the menu - but the opportunity it brought for good taste - but the proof was in the eating - as we noticed Jen had partook in the toasted banana bread with maple syrup marscapone, fresh banana, berry compote and crushed pistachios ... forever the sweet tooth though, we sat and waited.
Coffees arrived first, and I traditionally added sweetener to mine and stirred... oh crap, grains of coffee floated around... screw it - I took a swig and died. Was this the best coffee I had ever had taste wise? Its certainly in my top two... i can still taste it now - even typing about it. I don't know what the magic was, which beans or whatever - but I just ordered a normal latte... try you luck is my advice - its well worth it.
Then along came the meals. OMG! What a pleasure - totally presented beautifully, whilst still retaining the heartiness of the original ingredients. And the taste could not be beat. The Gluten Free home made bread was to die for, and the mushrooms- although plentiful and black were not the scary kind of fried mushies you get with these types of breakfasts... but deliciously sliced and prepared - funnily enough I thought there was too many on the plate, but the other guys happily ate my excess ones for me.
The eggs were cooked to perfection, and if our time wasn't restricted, I am sure we all would have happily sat there all day sampling everything on the menu.
Not to put too much pressure on the team at Porgie + Mr Jones (or P+MG to the locals) - it would have to be one of the best breakfast experiences I have had, and probably Melbourne's best cafe.
Next time Jen comes in for her regular breakfasts, you should totally comp her meal for introducing us to you - she certainly knows the best places in Melbourne to eat, and she found a corker with you guys.
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