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Published May 27th 2016
Let me introduce you to Mabel Jones
Mabel Jones is a welcome addition to Greensborough
There's a new girl in town. Mabel Jones opened her generous arms only days ago and she's already made many friends. This café of unfussy goodness is created by Damien & Seona Breen (Jerry Joy Thornbury, Foodrinkery Burwood) who've answered Greensborough's cry to join the deserving. Distance from the inner city no longer bars us from special flavours and slick surrounds.
A beautiful all-day breakfast menu offers crumpets, croissants and banana bread with accompaniments ranging from Mabel's own spreads to sumptuous treats ($5 - $15), delicious suggestions with eggs include a range of sides (smashed avocado, smoked bacon, chorizo, hash brown, goat's cheese and mushrooms are all there), and more intriguing choices.
I plunged into chia pudding layered with raw chocolate mousse, fresh passionfruit and slivered granola of nuts and seeds – a fresh alternative to the daily muesli grind ($13). Look for cauliflower and chickpea fritters with flavours of beetroot, tahini and daikon, blinis with smoked trout, or ham hock terrine with apple cider hollandaise ($10 - $17).
This breakfast pudding was fresh with passionfruit and great contrast from smooth to crunch.
Gluten-free and vegetarian options pepper the menu well and there's much to return for. But first, lunch, where toasted brioche sandwich of pork belly, crispy quail, zucchini flower tempura, ancient grain salad, kangaroo fillet steak sandwich and Angus beef burger are among the current choices ($15 - $18.50). The junior menu and plenty of pram-room gives mums a big welcome too. A liquor licence is also likely for Mabel Jones, so watch for dinner opening times and function availability soon.
Different seating options in a vast space have everyone covered.
There's air and space in this deceptively sprawling café, but warm pockets to nestle into as well. A quick coffee by the counter or a lingering Sunday brunch are equally catered for. The décor is kept clean on light tiles with timber touches, bentwood chairs and cushioned benches. Service is friendly, efficient and there when you need it, even with a full house by 9.30am on a Friday. Mabel Jones looks very at home in Greensborough, already embraced as a desirable addition to the Grimshaw Street row.