A few weeks ago I found myself in
sunny Canberra where I treated myself to a whirlwind tour of breakfast and dinner spots. The popular spot Me and Mrs Jones appears on the majority of breakfast lists for the city and even though there was quite a crowd gathering when we arrived, the wait was fairly short. The host took our details and we were left to people-watch for ten minutes.
The interior is very spacious but the clamour is kept to a minimum. There are also loads of pet-friendly tables outside. Our appetites continued to build as we stood at the door, watching the piping hot dishes being carried by. We noticed that there was certainly a broad range of popular items. Could the kitchen manage quality and flavour across so many different dishes…?
I gulped my coffee ($3.50) down as soon as it arrived. While I didn’t savour it, I enjoyed what I tasted. I missed the more complex tones that I’m used to but the blend sufficed nonetheless.
Also available is tea ($4.80) in a huge variety of flavours as well as hot chocolate ($3.50) with milk, dark, white, chocolate overdose or top deck!
Perusing the menu, it became abundantly clear that M&MJ has a fetish for chocolate. So why then not indulge in a milkshake ($7)? Boy am I glad that I did. The Mars Bar malt is without doubt one of the best shakes I’ve tasted. Thrown in the mix is chocolate, caramel, vanilla ice cream, malt and milk and it’s all topped with Mars bar. It was thick and superbly chocolatey with all ingredients well blended and in copious amounts.
The other shakes available are Crunchie (chocolate, golden syrup, honey and vanilla ice cream, topped with crushed Crunchie bar) and banana & salted caramel (banana, salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream topped with banana lollies).
Any sweet-tooth or milkshake fan will fall in love.
The smashed avocado ($19) offers rye toast with avocado and Persian feta. My guest thought that there was too little of both ingredients; she wanted an abundance of avocado and plenty of feta. The avocado itself was also more a fine spread than a smash. The two poached eggs were cooked slightly more than normal but still runny and soft. All of this was topped with baby herbs and toasted seeds. Lime on the side and a drizzle of oil was a nice touch.
The breakfast burger ($15) comes with a side that I’ve never had for breakfast… potato bites! While not the most sophisticated dish, one mouthful of this sandwich had me hooked. The flavour hit was strong and the ingredients were glorious. You’ll find a fried egg, bacon rashers, sauteed kale, Jack cheese, fresh tomato, house relish and aoili inside, all served on a brioche bun. The aoili, cheese and relish combined into a gooey mess that bound everything together and I’d certainly order this again!
There are so many other options at M&MJ! Ricotta hot cakes with organic maple syrup, fresh berries, toasted seeds and vanilla marscapone ($16), citrus smoked salmon with sauteed greens, poached eggs, chilli labneh, fresh lemon and rye toast ($19), quesadilla filled with scrambled eggs, quinoa and corn salad, hot sauce, lime creme fraiche and coriander ($16, add chorizo for $4) and prosciutto & eggs (San Daniele prosciutto, fresh ricotta, basil pesto, cherry tomato salsa, poached eggs and rye toast, $18) just to name a few. There’s also a counter full of cakes and pastries.
An inventive kitchen and great tasting dishes are the main reasons to visit Me and Mrs Jones. It’s busy but has a great vibe so you’ll definitely be in for a worthwhile breakfast.
Overall Rating: 18/25
Payment Options: Credit cards, EFTPOS, cash