Hey (Po)mona, Ooh (Po)mona... If ever a cafe deserved its very own Craig Mclachlan style ditty, Pomona would be it. Wedged between a couple of takeaway joints on an otherwise uninspiring stretch of Murray Road in Preston, Pomona is well worth venturing North of Bell for.
Head past the battered old bike out front and into the cheery cafe where you're instantly welcomed by friendly faces. There's a big square communal table you can perch at and read the papers, or head towards the back where there's more tables leading to a veritable veggie jungle. It's bursting with luscious rhubarb, every kind of salad leaf and an impressive array of herbs you just know are heading straight to your plate.
Pomona's claim to fame is their extensive spelt and gluten free options. The menu is chock full of breakie favourites, with plenty of choice including 'As You Wish', a build your own big breakfast offering a tempting list of add-ons such as mushrooms with herb butter, corn fritters, red pepper, beetroot or Virginia ham. The quirky Melbourne sense of humour is all over the menu and you'll want to order based on name alone. How about 'Fox in Socks' - beans and chorizo in tomato sauce with poached eggs, goats cheese and paprika. Or 'Do You Speak French?' the old classic French Toast with ricotta, caramelised banana and maple syrup. Mais oui.
The lunch menu is equally enticing. You can't go past the 'Salmon Rosti'. It's a soft onion and potato mouth hug, topped with generous waves of smoked salmon, avocado and lemony chive crème fraiche and lush green rocket. If you're more of the carnivore persuasion you'll love the Meat Patty Sandwich – a thick beef and pork patty loaded with caramelised onion, covered in melted cheese and served with the outstanding organic spelt tin-loaf bread.
Pomona roasts its own coffee with blends and single origin options changing daily. The flat white is a beautifully constructed silky delight and is the perfect accompaniment to a luscious array of gluten free baked goods on offer in the cabinet. Try the gluten free truffle, a chewy coconut treat you can trick yourself into thinking is good for you.
Hello Joanna, lovely write up and the food sounds delicious. I was attracted by the name of the place, 'Pomona'. Recently I researched Halloween and found out Pamona is the Roman god of orchards and fruit and her festival is the forerunner to Halloween.
Really enjoyed your article and will now have to go and have a coffee to keep the mood. Thanks.