Coffee chain White Mojo has recently been spreading its franchises across Melbourne, from the CBD to the leafy Eastern 'burbs. The self-proclaimed 'specialty coffee roasters' offer their own in-house blend made from 75% natural and 25% wet hulled quality Sumatran coffee beans, as well as other hot drinks like chai and matcha lattes, with expertly poured and exquisite latte art.
As someone who is sensitive to caffeine and largely eschews it myself, White Mojo still has plenty to savour. Aside from the alternatives to coffee, the food menu boasts an extensive range of interesting and innovative breakfast and brunch options, with a fusiony touch of East-meets-West.
Both sweet and savoury tastebuds are accounted for here, with a variety of toast toppings from the standard Vegemite and cheese to colourful and cheeky names like 'Rosy' ($9), a strawberry and ricotta toast, and 'Ninja Warrior', ($9.50) a Japanese-inspired option topped chock-a-block with smoked salmon, wasabi cream cheese, edamame, pickles and bonito flakes.
Larger, more substantial dishes are also on offer. I tried the 'Seafood Special', a whopper of a dish featuring salted cod croquette, salmon tartare, quinoa salad, romesco sauce and saffron aioli, topped with a poached egg. At $19, this dish was beautifully presented and surprisingly filling. For me, the highlight of this dish was easily the poached egg. Perfectly cooked, the yolk was deliciously thick and creamy and complemented the fish elements nicely. The quinoa salad also came with equally creamy avocado, and the saffron aioli was also divine. The only problem I had with this dish was that there were so many creamy elements that it was a bit too rich, although the dish came with pickles and tomato-based romesco sauce, it perhaps wasn't broken up enough.