Brunch is quite possibly my favourite meal. This is a big call I know. So when someone suggests brunch, it’s unlikely the answer is ever going to be no.
After not having seen each other for way too long a girlfriend and I organized a brunch at South of Johnston. I had heard a lot of good things from her and fellow bloggers so I was pretty excited to check it out.
As we arrived it was mid morning on a Sunday, not the best time for Melbourne dwellers to try to get a table at a new brunch venue. In the end we only had to wait about two minutes for a table. I noticed the sweets cabinet was looking pretty good while we were waiting.
This space is great. It’s huge and open and has a mix of tables with couches down the back. I have on good authority that you can come here for breakfast, bust out the laptop and stay til well after lunch with no attitude from the wait staff. They also have free wifi.
The menu is quite substantial, offering all your favourite brunch items like pancakes, French toast, muesli, omlettes, fruit salad, eggs any and all ways. They also have a lunch menu with sandwiches, wraps and pastas for those who are that way inclined.
On this sunny Sunday morning I ordered the Corn Fritters with Coriander, Tomato Relish, Sour Cream and Grilled Bacon (you can order it with smoked salmon as well) $15.90.
I have to say I was very impressed with these little bad boys. They were bursting with corn and had a great amount of flavour and spice in them. The relish was also amazing. Perfect portion size as well.
My girlfriend ordered the French Toast made with organic brioche and topped with caramelized banana, chopped walnuts and Jock’s gingerbread ice cream (or with grilled bacon and real maple syrup) $14.90. May I just add here that you get a whole bottle of maple syrup on your table when you order this. Nothing short of amazing.
The wait staff were lovely, not overbearing as some can be in hip new cafes. We sat chatting for hours and didn’t feel like they wanted us to leave once.
I have visions of myself eating and writing the afternoon away at South of Johnston.