Desmond & Molly Jones is situated, unfortunately, right on Stanley Street but the acoustically well-designed, and unrelentingly trendy café serves up the best coffee I've had so far within a couple of kilometres of the Mater.
Please don't be frightened off by the noise of the street before you step inside of this new-age/rustic blend establishment – good coffee is hard to come by in these parts.
I've personally frequented D&M's six times now and have been very impressed with the consistently good coffee they bring to the table, regardless of the order. A fresh, rich blend of beans, alongside perfect tamping, leave the coffees aromatic and smooth with a sizable hit of caffeine to wake up the doctors and nurses after last night's shift.
Oddly enough, having the street right outside lends an earthy feel to Desmond & Molly Jones, further complementing the style they've chosen. Lattice is used to obscure the street but the sidewalk is embraced as a part of the café. With a pizza place next door and a florist the next shop down, the result is something along the lines of finding a quick and quiet place within the city, but away from the main bustle, to stop before entering the fray.
The breakfast meal is busy but elegant (see the attached photo) and in-house goodies are thrown together every morning by Chef Jonas McQuiggan. The salted pork belly, pear and sharp cheese on Turkish bread that I had turned out to be a bit full on, but still a good feed for the price (under $10 for that and the short black).
The last thing I'll mention about this lovely little destination is that the service has been phenomenal. I had some mad chats with the owners and they create a really relaxed, easy-going atmosphere for the rest of the clientele.
Open 7am-3pm through the week, 7am-1pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. Make sure you give it a go.
Pity they close at 3pm! That means one can't even go for an afternoon coffee. I like to rehydrate after my post-lunch gym trips, for example. They could rather be open 8am to 4pm or 5pm....
By anse - reader Tuesday, 9th of August @ 03:01 am
Have been for the big breakfast twice on the weekend and always managed to get a seat. First time was awesome! Everything cooked to perfection and some great flavours if you don't mind strong tomato flavoured baked beans, glorious sausage and chunky bacon. As the first time was such a hit we went back a second time (we’re always on the lookout for a good brekkie locale) and unfortunately everything was undercooked. Sadly we have not returned as there are too many other places nearby that are worthy of the weekend brekkie check in without fear of under cooked sausages!
By Hyacoda - reader Thursday, 11th of August @ 01:45 am
Thanks for the comment Hyaco - I've only eaten there once so it's good to know the food can be variable. If anyone is worried though, the owner Adrien is a lovely guy and I doubt he would be offended if you asked for a bit of extra heat on the bangers, or anything else. If you're interested in a nice simple breakie in West End, have a look at Cup Coffee behind archive - the meals sound simple but they're elegantly balanced and the focus is on execution. You can find my review for them on WN as well :-)
By Carl Elliott - senior reviewer Thursday, 11th of August @ 02:30 am