When you think of Brunswick and Brunswick East often Sydney Road and Lygon Street are the first dining areas that come to mind. Nicholson Road may be quieter and more residential but it still has some great spots for brunch, like our new favourite Pope Joan. Pope Joan has a really lovely feel about it. It’s light and airy with beautiful decor that really welcomes you and draws you inside. There’s a feeling of space, a great use of texture and natural tones throughout. We started our meal with coffees. The first, creamy, rich and delicious with a good consistency and mouthfeel. We promptly ordered a second, equally delicious brew. The constant stream of people ducking in and out for takeaway demonstrating that we were not the only ones who enjoyed their coffee.Our first choice from the menu was a Green Omelette, served with chilli salt and a slice of toast. It was absolutely loaded with broccoli and veggies, a huge serving with creamy eggs. The baked ricotta inside was a delightful surprise, added to the creaminess of the dish. The chilli salt gave it a bit of zing, the ability to serve it yourself meant it was always to taste. This a wonderfully filling but also healthy way to start the day! Finally, we also order the Full Breakfast, a hearty serving of beans, sausage, bacon and scrambled eggs. The beans were the standout, served in a sardine tin with a punchy flavour and a firm but light texture. The bacon was a classic short cut, smokey, meaty and well cooked. The scrambled eggs were creamy and the sausages were, herbed and juicy. We would have liked a sharper knife with our meal, as well as just a bit of greenery on the plate.
We loved Pope Joan’s cafe space and delicious coffee. We’ll be sure to come back and sample more of the menu offerings!