In the middle of brick-and-weatherboard Maidstone, on the edge of grey industria, you’ll find the cafe Jack B Nimble. A rose amongst the thorns.
Jack B Nimble’s pale Scandi-chic interior and Asian-inspired fare is an unlikely, though very welcome, find when you consider its uninspiring surroundings.
The interior is warm and cosy, like a stylish friend’s house, dressed with bookshelves, plants, high benches and a courtyard at the back.
The menu provides for all day breakfast and ‘second breakfast’ ie larger, much lunchy meals.
I try the omelette ($19), which is normally a dish I avoid because it’s something that’s easy to whip up at home (with the added disadvantage of being generally unphotogenic!).
But who has time to smoke prawns and sieve a tomato broth at home? Not I! So do make sure you try the silken omelette, wrapped up like a Swiss roll with chunky king prawns, braised leeks and a slightly spicy broth. It’s dressed with prawn and lemongrass oil, chilli, Vietnamese mint and crispy tofu puffs.
The French toast ($16) is equally artistic, with indulgent chocolate dulce de leche, poached pear, mandarin & tangelo compote, earl grey mascarpone, and a slightly bitter milo crumble.
If you still have room don’t go past the madeleines. The three little cakes are baked to order (allow 15 minutes) and served with a dollop of fresh yoghurt ($8). They are warm, buttery and perfectly spongy – definitely madeleines to rival Cutler & Co’s famous offerings.
The Tea and Spice chai comes brewed in a pot with soy ($4) and the coffee is made from Axil Coffee beans. Some of the sweets are made in house and the bread and pastries come from Brasserie Bread.
Jack B Nimble has been named one of Melbourne’s best cafes in the west in 2016 and it’s worth seeking out for unique brunch deliciousness in an unsung part of town.