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Mr Joe Restaurant - Casual Japanese

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by Mia Ferreira (subscribe)
Born in Madeira, raised in Sydney, living in Melbourne and dreaming of Bali...
Published March 14th 2019
Inspired by (and totally jealous of) my housemates recent trip to Japan, I have been slightly obsessed with Japanese food lately. I'd walked by Mr Joe's when they were still setting up and wasn't immediately sure what kind of a cafe/ restaurant it would be, so I quickly forgot about it...

Then, one busy public holiday Monday in Richmond, with all my usual local cafes buzzing and overflowing with coffee addicts and foodies, I found myself on a hunt for a quiet spot to grab a coffee, a bite and read my book for a bit!

Cue: Mr Joe!

Located closer to the Swan St end of Burnley St, this modest little eatery is easy to miss. Sitting beneath one of the newly built apartment blocks, the Marie Kondo-invoking minimalist, dimly lit, trendy warehouse style fit-out and decor doesn't really stand out from the street.

I took a quick look at the menu, and it immediately sparked joy... Coffee, tick. Japanese inspired brunch food, tick. Quiet enough to read my book in peace, tick.

About a dozen people were already sitting inside the relatively large sized restaurant, but it could have easily held double if not triple that amount across a range of private and communal tables.

Mr Joe - Richmond
Mr Joe - Richmond

The service was casual but friendly and I sat myself one a single smaller tables towards the back (to hide and prevent any disturbances). Everything sounded delicious, and I couldn't decide - so I asked the waitress to make a recommendation: the potato Rosti, it was decided.

Coffee came out pretty quickly and was good. My food arrived not long after and clearly Marie doesn't work in the kitchen - the plate looked okay, black and modern, but a little messy.

It was almost midday by then and I was starving... so I dug in!

Mr Joe - Richmond
Mr Joe - Richmond

OMG! The Tsukiji tuna fillet - was delicious. Tender, moist and slightly pink on the inside. The avocado and edamame smash - may be my new fave combo. And the potato rosti was crispy on the outside yet melt in your mouth smoothness on the inside. A fresh garden salad sat atop as a garnish, but to be honest I would have been happy without it! But the miso cream sauce - yum!

I ate each element individually. Then combined different elements together. It was like a game of taste sensations. Tuna and rosti. Then tuna and smash. Smash and rosti. Then tuna, smash and rosti all in one go. A bit of salad in between. It was cooked and seasoned so well and such a treat to enjoy.

Mr Joe - Richmond
Mr Joe - Richmond

Prices are a little bit higher than other cafe options available in the area, but it's well worth it. I thanked the team for the delicious experience and reprieve from the labour day madness and promised to be back soon to try the crabmeat croquettes with fried egg, avocado, yuzu miso cream, salmon roe, cherry tomato, Furikake & torched sea perch... Need I say anymore?!

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Where: 362-364 Burnley St, Richmond VIC 3121
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