15C Pascoe Street
Pascoe Vale Vic 3044
When in Pascoe Vale eat where the locals eat and right now that place is George Jones. Named after the first man to setup shop in the area, this large café is giving locals the long awaited opportunity to engage in Melbourne’s café culture without venturing far from home.
The contemporary fit out is white and features timber detail with a touch of greenery. Cosy booths line one side of the café and in contrast, a couple of large communal tables are located on the other side. This is a very ‘Melbourne’ space, something which isn’t found elsewhere in Pacoe and is proving to be a real drawcard for locals.
Their all day breakfast menu includes all of the usual suspects, then for good measure they’ve added a couple of lunch items and a burger menu. Judging by the number of burgers that were being served up, their burger menu is a real hit with dinners however we were there for brunch so we ordered a couple of items off the breakfast menu.
First up was the beetroot and feta smash which was served with polenta bites, hollandaise, poached eggs, zucchini and witlof leaves. Although light and fresh the smash was more like a chunky dip that was smeared over the base of the dish. It was nice, but it wasn’t the hero it needed to be. It lacked depth and needed to be served on some thick crusty bread or alternatively it would make a great accompaniment to another dish. I suspect the polenta bites were intended to provide the required depth, however they failed to hit the mark. The hollandaise on the other hand had no place in this dish. It was very rich and almost cheesy. If I’m brutally honest, it wasn’t a great example of the classic sauce and added no value. This wasn’t a bad dish, it just requires more refinement to ensure it meets the high standards set by others in this town.
Next up was the buttermilk hotcake stack with raspberry compote, maple, fruit salad, pistachio and white chocolate foam. In contrast to the beetroot smash, the hotcakes were great. The hotcakes themselves were thick and dense but still fluffy. Like a sponge they soaked up the maple syrup and raspberry compote so every mouthful was full of flavour. Add to that the fruit salad (just strawberries and kiwi fruit), the crunchy whole pistachios, the divine white chocolate foam and what you have is an awesome dish. Two thumbs up to this one, so if for nothing else, its definitely worth visiting to try these hotcakes.