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Published July 13th 2016
A cafe with a great story and even better food
It's a quirky story, how this new Camberwell eatery came about. A story about one of the owners, Henry Honner who grew p as one of 6 children in regional South Australia. Without a TV, Henry's brother concocted a plan with their father that they could save enough money for a TV if the family bought two cows and milked them themselves.
Hence two family cows, Juno and May came about. Twice daily, Henry's brother could be heard calling "Juno! May!" for milking and the cows produced enough milk to not only save the family enough money to buy a television but they were also able to trade milk, cream and butter with the neighbours for eggs, vegetables, honey, fish and even a couple of chickens.
A quirky story that's inspired a delicious eatery in Camberwell; Juno and May. Image:The Ideas Library
Named as a tribute to these fine bovine characters, Juno & May's owners Henry Honner and Cathy Ciurlino now dish up modern Australian cuisine in a menu designed to be shared.
And as an aside, the forward-thinking brother who came up with the idea of getting the cows to begin with? He's now an accountant.
The menu offers a variety of options including Asian-inspired 'street food' starters of which we simply couldn't pass up the 'Mini Mi' or Bahn Mi chicken slider with sriracha chilli mayo, spring onion, cucumber, pickled carrot and fresh herbs (below).
The Mini Mi – Bahn Mi chicken slider, sriracha chilli mayo, spring onion, cucumber, pickled carrot and fresh herbs. Image: The Ideas Library
Large plates are generously portions and in addition to the regular menu, as you might expect, there's a few extra added specials. We went for the 5 spice roast duck with money dumplings and Asian greens and loved every bite.
The 5 spice roast duck with money dumplings & Asian greens. Image: The Ideas Library
Not just a place for dinner, Juno and May offers a pretty solid breakfast and lunch menu as well as a kid-friendly menu for those dining with little ones.
The staff are incredibly friendly, the atmosphere welcoming and the menu, so impressive and delicious, we've already planned what we're ordering the next time around. Our only regret? Not saving room for dessert because the Eton Mess loved amazing.