HOT: Jack B Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone

Jack B Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone

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.

Jack B Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone

The interior is warm and cosy, like a stylish friend’s house, dressed with bookshelves, plants, high benches and a courtyard at the back.

Jack B Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone

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!).

Jack B Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone

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.

Jack B Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone

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.

Jack B Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone

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, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone

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.


Jack B Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone (03) 9317 9792

Mon: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm

Wed-Fri: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm

Sat-Sun: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Jack B. Nimble Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

HOT: States of Blue: West Projections Festival 2016

west projections

West Projections Festival 2016 is a free projection festival which returning for the third year in a row to light up Footscray’s streets.

From Monday 15 August to Sunday 11 of September 2016, be immersed in the colour blue through a series of video projections and sound pieces in the streets of Footscray. States of Blue: West Projections Festival will illuminate creative spaces, VU campus, businesses and public places. Discover 18+ unique sites, each showing specially commissioned artwork.

 Jo Skladzien (Small Scapes) and I are screening a video based on Lost In the Shadows, a shadow puppet workshop we held while we were artists-in-residents in the Artsbox. The projection will be exhibited every evening inside Footscray florist Botanicals on Barkly.
Lost In the Shadows - 9 (1)

States of Blue: West Projections Festival program includes four free guided walks every Saturday with artist talks and performances. Jo and I will be presenting a shadow puppet play experience in a secretive location as part of the walk designed for families on Saturday 3 September. The walk is free but bookings are essential as there are only 20 spots available. It’s currently booked out but get on the waitlist!


HOT: Fig and Walnut, 11-13 Bellairs St, Seddon

Fig and Walnut

Fig and Walnut is a cute cafe nestled in a residential street facing Seddon station, away from the main shopping areas on Charles and Victoria Streets.

fig and walnut

The layout of Fig and Walnut is like your stylish friend’s renovated inner city Edwardian. An old fashioned frontage unfolds into two light filled front rooms, then bifold glass doors lead out onto a back deck and courtyard.

Fig and Walnut

The courtyard is a gorgeous place to hang out, as long as you don’t mind little people playing at your feet (or you’ve brought your own).

The menu is split into all day choices and lunch from 11:30am. I’ve been several times and the highlights are the grainy pancakes bursting with colour – a generous scoop of coconut ice cream and maple mascarpone, saffron poached pear, berries, walnut, pistachio crumble and maple syrup.

fig and walnut

A similar collection of poached and fresh fruit adorns the creamy pink porridge, so soothing on a winter’s day.

Fig and Walnut

The coffee comes from Fitzroy’s Industry Beans, the Greek sweets and muffins are made in house, the pastries come from Sourdough Kitchen in Seddon and the scrolls are from Sydney’s Oregano Bakery.

fig and walnut

Fig and Walnut is one of my Seddon favourites, a place with a cosy seating and a tempting menu. All of their menu is available to take away via Skip app if you need to preorder to make your train.


Fig and Walnut, 11-13 Bellairs Ave, Seddon

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HOT: Saluministi, 892 Bourke St, Docklands

Saluministi, 892 Bourke St, Docklands

Saluministi started out as a pop up cafe/paninoteca in a North Melbourne warehouse 12 months ago and it has now found a permanent home in Victoria Harbour, Docklands.

Saluministi, 892 Bourke St, Docklands

I was invited to check out the new space ahead of their opening today 26 July. My old favourites, such as the house made porchetta rolls and the bomboloni, are still there. But Saluministi now benefits from a light-filled space, a larger kitchen and a fantastic location next to Library at the Dock, the playground at Buluk Park and the new Knowledge Market creative hub.

Saluministi, 892 Bourke St, Docklands

It’s clear that even after 12 months the owners have not lost their passion for Saluminsti. I watch a demonstration of how they make their famous porchetta while Frank, one of the co-owners, enthusiastically talks about how he wants to bring to diners the sort of food that he grew up with in an Italian family.

The porchetta uses pork belly and loin from Kirkpatrick’s Meats sprinkled with fennel seeds, thyme, rosemary and salt and pepper then rolled up. The slow roasting process ensures that it’s melt-in-the-mouth and Saluminsti sell porchetta rolls at a 2:1 ratio to everything else on the menu. 

Saluministi, 892 Bourke St, Docklands

The cafe’s focus is on doing a couple of things really well so they mainly serve paninis. The menu includes a melt-in-the-mouth free range porchetta stuffed with artichoke paste, rocket and shaved pecorino ($12), a cotoletta just like nonna’s with a vincotto mayo, Italian coleslaw and provolone ($12) and a slightly spicy pork and fennel sausage with roasted peperonata and pecorino ($11).

Saluministi Docklands

The ciabatta pillowy soft and not so crusty it hurts your mouth. Frank won’t divulge his secret supplier but did wax lyrical about the 36 hour proven dough and stone-baked bread.

Saluministi Docklands

We accompany our sandwiches with small serve of patate fritte, crispy chips zhuzhed up with fresh herbs and reggiano ($5).

The coffee is made with Lavazza and the cafetiere is a bargain. A traditional Neapolitan-style 2 cup with a syrupy crema on the bottom can easily satisfy 3 or 4 people and it comes with some biscotti for only $8.

Saluministi Docklands

Finally, try the sugar encrusted bomboloni, made fresh every day. These are Italian-style doughnuts, so a bit denser than the standard American-style doughnut, but still very light.

Saluministi, 892 Bourke St, Docklands

Both the Nutella and slightly citrus crema paticcera are delicious.

Saluministi Docklands

Saluminsti serves up authentic, old school Italian goodness in an area that is currently lacking in really good quality food. The simple formula should prove a hit with nearby workers, tradesman and families hanging out at the library and playground. They are currently still seeking approval for outdoor seating and once that’s in place it’ll be the perfect place to hang out on a sunny day. Buon appetito!


Saluminsti, 892 Bourke St, Docklands 0413 082 253

Mon-Sat 7am-4pm

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HOT: Lady Bower, 1A Marchant Ave, Reservoir


Lady Bower, 1A Marchant Ave, Reservoir
If you turn into off bustling Broadway in Reservoir you’ll find the suburb’s best-kept cafe secret – Lady Bower cafe.

Lady Bower, 1A Marchant Ave, Reservoir

The cute cafe is spread out over a couple of small old shopfronts and keeps Reservoir locals filled with Five Senses coffee, home made preserves, delectable cakes and a seasonal all day breakfast and lunch menu.

I try the slow-cooked spiced pulled pork sandwich ($13.50) and the pancakes ($15.50).

I like the tumble of bean sprouts lending a satisfying crunch to the soft bun and melt-in-your-mouth pork mixed with green mango, papaya salad, coriander and Thai basil. Though I would still like more bite in the flavours – perhaps a squirt of sriracha, some Vietnamese mint?

Lady Bower, 1A Marchant Ave, Reservoir

Two fat pancakes are adorned with swathes of pink poached rhubarb, pear and a knob of vanilla ricotta rolled in roasted pistachio.

Lady Bower, 1A Marchant Ave, Reservoir

House made cakes and treats are all displayed on the front counter.

Lady Bower, 1A Marchant Ave, Reservoir

I am tempted by the huge scones served with jam and cream but decide to give my stomach a break with a promise to return to Reservoir. See you soon, Lady Bower!


Lady Bower, 1A Marchant Ave Reservoir (03) 9469 5851

Mon-Fri: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sat-Sun: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lady Bower Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

HOT: The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The Crux and Co is a gorgeous new cafe on the ground floor of the curvy Emerald building on Albert Road driven by the team behind Lights in the Attic in Hawthorn. Along with The Kettle Black it brings innovative brunch fare to a little-loved wedge of South Melbourne.

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The decor by EAT architects is quietly chic and luxurious. The buttery leather, softly burnished wood and warm copper tones of the decor making me feel like I’m cocooned into an expensive Coach handbag.

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The neutral colour-scheme gives a brightness to the site, where the only natural light enters through the front windows. The shelves cleverly pivot at the base so that they can be opened to create vertical shifts of air between tables when the weather’s balmy.

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

I’m invited to try the menu, which is very trend-driven and eclectic collection of international flavours.

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

I love a decadent breakfast so I cannot resist the bisque benedict, with poached eggs served on house-made squid ink bread and a lobster bisque hollandaise ($20.50). The seafood flavors are subtle but the addition of the fat tiger prawns reminds me that this dish is all about the fruits of the sea.  The rice cracker squiggles provide architectural interest but turn out to be tasteless and soggy – push them aside.

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

I also try the French toast served with mixed berries, nuts, natural honeycomb, mascarpone and vanilla fairy floss ($18). I love the presentation – a single hunk of eggy bread and surrounding colour. It’s art on a plate but I’m a little overwhelmed by the number of sweet elements – I reckon in this case less may just be more.

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The coffee comes from Five Senses made on a giant Synesso and one of the head baristas Ratchanon Theppabutra is formerly of Manchester Press. He has a sizeable Instagram following at @poonypoonypoony and his latte art extends to the cutest teddy bear on this babycino!

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne
The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The pastries and breads are all made on site (the second kitchen is hidden behind the wall of the open kitchen) with the former head pastry chef of Brunetti at the helm.

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

What’s been capturing everyone’s attention is the ‘Croggle’  a croissant and bagel hybrid ($4.50). 

The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

In a town that thrives on high end cafe spaces and innovative brunches, The Crux and Co is right up there with the best of Melbourne’s #foodporn. I look forward to seeing your ‘grams!


The Crux and Co, 35 Albert Road, South Melbourne 03 9820 1081

Mon-Fri 7am-4pm

Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

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