Address: 77-79 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East 3057
How to get there: 5 minutes from tram stop 13-Curzon St/Queensberry St (Tram 57)
Telephone: (03) 9388 8858
7 Days | 0730 – 1600
Dining conditions: Saturday 18 May 2013 – Brunch (11am)
Average Per Head: $$24.00
Hits & Misses: Hit, Recommended
Legend Pope Joan … on Nicholson St.
We joint the line of hungry Joan fans on this Saturday morning, standing in the wet and cold – outside Pope Joan. It seems like that winter had hit us early this year. Eventually we found ourselves sitting on warm benches the previous group had left us with, until we got invited into the warm restaurant.
Honestly Pope Joan is a lot bigger than I thought! It has taken up 3 numbers (77-79) on Nicholson St and its got a huge backyard where faux grass are used for evergreen effect – intelligent!
We first rested in the Bishop of Ostia which is the bar section in Pope Joan while waiting for a table in Pope Joan. There is a beer garden in between the two shops, too bad it was very wet that day to wait outside.
Shortly after the waitress took our coffee order, we were invited to sit into our table. We had the privilege to sit at the table where I can observe meals being prepared by the chefs, and it was definitely hard work for them. The chefs, waiters and waitresses had been busy as bees – with the preparation bench full of different brunches ready for delivery to hungry diners.
What we ordered:
Chai Latte by Calmer Sutra $4
Cappuccino by Allpress $4
Sandwiches – The Cuban: pulled pork, pickles ‘n’ cheese $14.00
Pumpkin & halumi Pie, fried egg, ancient grains, dukkah $17.00
Goat Meat Balls, spiced sugo, pomegranate, pine nut, smoked yoghurt, grilled flatbread $19.00
Rice Pudding, Bridge farm organic rhubarb $10.00
Pope Joan also has its own produce store called ‘Hams and Bacon’ – taking up a shop front meters away from the restaurant/bar itself. It has a refrigerator packed with Melbourne pantry bacon, organic eggs, Warialda beef and more… They sell take away coffee and sandwiches made with their produces.