The closure of the iconic bar St Jerome's in 2009 left a hole in the local bar scene for many Melburnians. The Resurrection is the aptly named new venture by founders Jerome Borazio and Danny Rogers. It is difficult to judge in its early stage whether the newly established café/bar is directly replacing the beloved St Jerome's or in fact offering something brand new to Melbourne patrons.
The Resurrection is located on the East Brunswick end of Lygon Street and is relatively isolated from other bars and restaurants in the surrounding precinct. However, if Northcote's High Street and nearby Sydney Road are anything to go by, the appeal of Melbourne's inner northern suburbs is incessantly growing. The position of The Resurrection could well shape up to be a clever strategic move.
In any case, the space itself is warm and inviting, from the cosy front bar to the spacious deck and beer garden out the back. The Resurrection is a lot neater and definitely more composed than St Jerome's. So much so, that the slapdash addition of pre-loved couches and other rustic antique paraphernalia seems a bit trite in the current space.
In keeping with the new era, the menu is deliberately more expansive than what was on offer at St Jerome's. Breakfast options have a gourmet character without a steep price tag and include dishes such as sourdough toast topped with avocado, melted fetta, almonds and dukkah, in addition to waffles with saffron pears, hazelnut labna and rose water maple syrup. The lunch and dinner menu pays homage to both traditional pub cuisine and the local culinary scene, featuring meals such as beef stew with mashed potato and Lebanese cous cous with chicken and pumpkin. The Resurrection also offers favourites from the bygone St Jerome's era, including the famed toasties, longnecks and cheap coffee, which at $2.50 a cup is a true (and welcome) anomaly in Melbourne.