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Monday, 15 September 2014
Miss Jackson Café (St. Kilda)
This one’s for real.
There are many reasons to
visit Grey Street; quite a few of which are not entirely legal or ethical.Welcome to the very epicentre of Melbourne’s
notorious red light district.Fortunately, during the daytime things are a little more placid; one can
easily peruse the street’s various op shops before or after a visit to a local
gem of a café in Miss Jackson.
The lads at the helm of this
place: Matt and Steve, boast as much character as the neighbourhood itself.Become a regular and you will find yourself
the target of wry, deprecated but well-meaning humour from the larrikin Steve.Hearty laughter to accompany equally hearty
coffee and even heartier food is the order of the day here.
The beans come by way of
Allpress Espresso, a New Zealand company also based in Sydney.Take the time to enjoy a sit-down coffee; Miss Jackson's strong flat white is up there with Melbourne’s best in terms
of full flavour, punch, balance and texture.Moreover, it is always served at just the right temperature. I would not
be writing this review if it weren’t…
Should you insist upon taking
your coffee to go, know this: you are missing out on the experience of sitting
in a fantastic space that resembles a quirky student share-house.The interior is bright, colourful and
airy.If you are visiting the area for the day,
there is no more perfect environment in which to while away an hour before
getting your St. Kilda (mis)adventures underway.The rustic, often soaking wet outside area is
where the bad kids hang out, myself included, sometimes with a longneck of Coopers
Pale Ale in hand.Boozehounds
rejoice!There is a small but no less
comprehensive drinks menu that is perfect for midday imbibing.
If you have time to eat, Miss Jackson offers up one of the most
unique breakfast / brunch menus around both the bay area and Melbourne as a
whole.The bacon and egg Piadina
(pictured) goes down an absolute storm, especially if you request it to be
served with prosciutto.The freshly
made house flat bread is a doughy, savoury delight in itself; indeed, the folks at Miss Jackson are proud purveyors of
seasonal, organic, fresh and free-range ingredients.
Slaves to the sweet tooth,
fear not! Chef Adam Owen has got
you what you need with the most otherworldly pancakes around (also
pictured); fluffy, bready and delightfully immersed beneath toppings of sumptuous
fried banana, honeycomb butter and a cream glaze.The full effect of all this is a brilliant interplay between
soft and crunchy caramel textures.You and your dentist may thank me later.
Miss Jackson is an absolute must for both locals and visitors alike.There are few better places at which to fuel
up, wind down and chill out.
2/19 Grey StSt. KildaVictoria
Nearest Tram stop:St. Kilda
Station (Route 96) or the Canterbury Road stop (Routes 3A and 16 - the former of which runs only on weekends)
* It is worth noting that the entrance to Miss Jackson can be found on Jackson Street, hence the café’s
name.If arriving from Fitzroy Street,
it is located on the Fitzroy Street side of the road so to speak).