I was intending to continue with my journeys in my Little Aussie trip, but going through the photos and writing the posts are taking longer than I expected >_< so please bear with me, I’ve got a short cafe review for you today.
Do you know much about Pope Joan? :) I don’t really know much about her, so I did some research and found out that there are many stories about her and the most well known describes her as a talented women who imposes as a man and becomes the pope. However, her gender is revealed when she gives birth to her son while riding a house and usually in the stories she is either killed or dies due to illness.
I have been quite intrigued by the name of the cafe Pope Joan ~ Have been meaning to visit, but it’s not in a suburb that we go very often so it has just remained on my ‘to-go list’. Then coincidentally, a couple of weeks ago, I had a baking class in the Brunswick area so I was frantically looking at places to have breakfast. Then I remembered seeing on Heidi (Apples Under My Bed) Instagram photo that she had visited the other day and the food looked sooooo good ~
My baking class started at 9am on a Sunday, very cruel if you ask me :P and it was worse, because I made Mr Bao wake up early, have breakfast with me and drive me to the cooking school hehe. We rocked up just past 8am and it was relatively empty in the cafe, the chirpy waitress told us to choose any table we wanted.
They had a decent sized menu with the common breakfast items such as big breakfast, omelette and oats. It was a chilly morning and the baking class was a whole day course, so I wanted something warm, comforting and most importantly filling :) So I opted for the healthy Joan’s Porridge with with poached pear, nuts, seeds and honey. This was probably one of the best porridge I’ve had in a long time ~ It was not gluggy or sticky, nor was it too watery, it had the perfect consistency. My only issue was it didn’t have enough honey :P so I asked for more, which the waitress gladly gave me.
Usually Mr Bao will always get a breakfast dish with eggs, the more the better and will complain when a cafe only gives him one. But that morning he didn’t want eggs and wanted something lighter, so he got the Not So Full English Breakfast with bacon, sausage, baked beans and swapped the egg for a side of avocado with no extra cost. We both loved the simple and homely presentation of his breakfast, especially how they put the baked beans in the little sardine tin :D I tried a little bit of everything and was quite impressed especially the Cumberland sausage that was full of flavour ~
The Not So Full Breakfast also came with a large jar of tomato relish, for customers to have so much as they please. I really liked this relish :) It wasn’t too sour or sweet and we both loved the chunky tomato bits ~ went very well with the bacon and sausage. Only criticism Mr Bao had was that the breakfast was a little small for $18, as other cafes serve a larger English breakfast for a similar price.
Coffees here are from All Press and Pope Joan has been praised for their coffee so we were both excited about trying. Mr Bao ordered a flat white and commented that it was quite bitter with slight floral notes. I had a sip and just thought it was just too bitter and needed a teaspoon or two of sugar and then it would’ve been lovely! Sugar makes the world a much better place :P
I got my signature mocha, and found it to be a little weak but very fragrant and had a nice chocolate hit to it ~ I would’ve liked it even more if it was a little thicker.
We really enjoyed our visit and would recommend you to come and try ~ I’m definitely coming back to try their egg dishes such as Deviled egg, ham hock croquettes, lentil and vinaigrette. I also have my heart set on trying their sweets, I could see the cakes and donuts in the glass cabinet screaming “Eat Me” :)