Grand Finals Weekend – South of Johnston

It’s finally Saturday and usually Melbourne is buzzing especially at the shops, people are buying groceries, picking up a new dress or just wondering around. But today’s different, it was rather quiet and my clever Readers do you know why? :) It’s because the AFL Grand Finals and for international readers, it’s a huge event for Victorians and Australians in general. Imagine the World Cup but in a smaller scale but it’s crazy here hahaha so many of my friends refuse to step outside of their house because they need to watch footy. I’ve never really been a fan of Australian footy but if I had to choose a team it’ll be Hawthorn because my bestie Ms Dd is a huge support ~ Which team do you follow?

South of Johnston

South of Johnston

Anyhow, instead of staying home and watching the game, I caught up with two lovely ladies Veda (The Hospitality Widow) and BBFF (Shellie)ย at South of Johnston in Collingwood. There was a sign on the door to say that they were closing early today, I suspect it’s because of Grand Finals see I told you, Melbourne is crazy about it :P

South of Johnston1

South of Johnston1

Shellie and I carpooled and arrived at around 10:30ish as expected there was a short queue but it only took about 10 minutes for us a to grab a table for 3. I really like the fitting and decor of the cafe, it’s spacious with good lighting and interesting paintings hanging on the walls. We grabbed a table in the corner on the couches, they were quite comfy but I kept dropping food all over myself #Ieatlikeachild haha

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Latte $3.5

Latte $3.5

Was feeling a little tired and decided to order a latter over my regular mocha. I was busy taking photos and didn’t have a chance to take a sip, when a waiter came over and asked in a very friendly manner whether they had given me a soy latte instead. I told them that it was fine, but they insisted that they replaced it for me ~ so kind and professional! The latte was aromatic and nutty and perfect way to wake me up :)

Chai Latte $4.5

Chai Latte $4.5

Shellie ordered a chai latte, we were all taken surprise by the size it was huge! Definitely double if not triple the size of my latte. Even though I didn’t try it, Veda and I could smell the cinnamon from it hmmm need to get my Chai fix soon hehe

Corn Fritters with a poached egg, tomato relish, avocado and rocket with grilled bacon $18.9

Corn Fritters with a poached egg, tomato relish, avocado and rocket with grilled bacon $18.9

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Veda had already had breakfast so it was only Shellie and I eating, they have a fruitful menu so I had trouble deciding what I wanted. I ended up choosing the corn fritters as it’s been a while since I’ve had them. The corn fritters came with a poached egg, grilled bacon, avocado, smashed relish and topped with rocket. It was everything I liked on a plate so it sure made me happy. Especially the corn fritters, they were full of corn and not too dense with flour. It was also a generous serving which I had trouble finishing damn wish Mr Bao was around ~ Highly recommend this and will definitely go back for this dish!

Terrine of chicken and pistachio with crusty bread, chilli/cranberry relish and a salad of side $15.9

Terrine of chicken and pistachio with crusty bread, chilli/cranberry relish and a salad of side $15.9

For Shellie’s brunch she ordered a more lunchy dish a terrine of chicken and pistachio served with chilli/cranberry relish, bread and salad. Of course I stole a bite and it was delicious with lots of flavours and really liked the relish with the chilli which paired up with the terrine wonderfully.

French toast made with organic brioche topped with poached pear, cinnamon, pecan nuts and vanilla ice-cream and maple syrup $17.9

French toast made with organic brioche topped with poached pear, cinnamon, pecan nuts and vanilla ice-cream and maple syrup $17.9

I’m glad the ladies were happy to share something sweet with me, hard decision between the french toast or the pancakes. The organic brioche french toast with poached pear, cinnamon, pecan nuts and vanilla ice-cream with maple syrup won and it was a great decision. The brioche was lightly toasted and was crispy on the outside, fluffy inside and I drenched it with maple syrup can’t go wrong with that. I did find the poached pear a little hard and would’ve liked it even more if it was softer.

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

It was so nice to finally catch up with the ladies and just chill on a Saturday morning :) Something we definitely should do more often. I really enjoyed the dishes at South of Johnston and the impeccable service, they were friendly and attentive ~ Now I’ve tempted Mr Bao and he wants me to take him… hmmm I’ll think about it :P But I do want more corn fritters and one of these delicious looking chocolate cupcakes! Anyhow Dearest Readers enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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26 thoughts on “Grand Finals Weekend – South of Johnston

  1. Michelle @ The Bakeanista September 29, 2013 at 1:27 am Reply

    Wah so fast post already!!! You just went this arvo. This is what I call an efficient blogger. Hehe! I also wanna go for that awesome looking French toast. Yum!!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm Reply

      Hahahha I usually take FOREVER but it’s because I had some time in the afternoon so thought I was as well get it over and done with hehe and it was a super easy write up cuz everything was yum yum :)

  2. kellysiew September 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm Reply

    Mmmm I think I’m gonna make some of that corn fritters. Lol

  3. hotlyspiced September 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm Reply

    I just love the look of those corn fritters. I have had such a hectic weekend I haven’t caught up on the grand final event – isn’t that a disgrace! xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm Reply

      Awww hope you’re more relaxed this week Charlie :) You’re always rushing about and doing things for your kids! And don’t worry about the Grand Final! I wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t because my colleagues were obsessed with it hehe

  4. Tina @ bitemeshowme September 30, 2013 at 8:28 am Reply

    that egg shot – wowsers!

  5. Catherine September 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm Reply

    I thought traffic was pretty good when the game started so I loved it! Hahaha the food all looks really good, there are too many places in Melbourne to go to!!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm Reply

      Yes hahaha traffic was good to start off with but then it got pretty bad I heard hehe :) I think we’ll have to visit at least 3 to 4 places a DAY to cover them all hehe

  6. Julie Carlyle September 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm Reply

    What delicious food! I love corn fritters… although it is the NRL for real football ;)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm Reply

      Me too love love corn fritters and I haven’t had time to try making them at home hehe :) Ahhh you’re in the real deal eh? :P

  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply

    Hehe well I had no idea that it was on! I blame being on the other side of the world but I suspect that I wouldn’t have known if I were here :P

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm Reply

      Hahaha it’s ok I don’t blame you Lorraine! I wouldn’t know if it wasn’t because all my colleagues are obsessed about it! hehe

  8. grabyourfork October 2, 2013 at 3:05 am Reply

    Sexy egg yolk action but gah I really just want that French toast!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm Reply

      I love love love yolkporn shots hehe!!! I think I’m a little obsessed haha

  9. Rice Bowl Tales ( Jane ) October 3, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    Everything looks so delicious! I would definitely go there all the time, only wish we have stylish cafe like that here :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm Reply

      Thank you Jane :) I’m sure there are plenty of cafes in the UK too ~ I can’t wait to explore them next time i come!

  10. milkteaxx October 4, 2013 at 10:17 am Reply

    loving the egg porn! and you cant go wrong with a chai latte!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm Reply

      Agreed Chai is awesome :) i use to be a mocha girl but now I’m mocha and Chai :P

  11. Cara @ Gourmet Chick October 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm Reply

    Haven’t been to South of Johnson yet but it looks really good – especially the French toast

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm Reply

      Definitely worth checking out Cara :) Really liked the French toast next time I want to try their pancakes hehe ~

  12. Krissie - Pearls of Style October 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm Reply

    Yum I’m looking forward to trying this place next time I visit. I was down in Melbourne for the Grand Final last weekend (it’s a yearly tradition) I love soaking up the atmosphere. Go Brisbane Lions for 2013.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm Reply

      Welcome to Melbourne ;) Hope you had a good time! You definitely need to put South of Johnston on your list, loved their dishes and friendly service!

  13. Chompchomp October 6, 2013 at 8:21 pm Reply

    OMG you had me on that egg porn. Gets me everytime! And don’t worry about the fact you spread your food love around you when you eat…..I am exactly the same and I believe it defines how much we love our food!

  14. Agnes October 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply

    I want corn fritters. Want. Let’s go for corn fritters next time!

    Did you make the decision on where and when for this brunch too? :p

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