If you’re looking for a break from the bustle of Sydney Road, take a turn into Albion Street and look out for Jellystone, a cafe that’s taken over a heritage-listed bluestone house.
Just inside the gate is the front courtyard with shaded tables then push open the narrow door to admire the counter filled with loads of homemade goodies. Further inside is a cosy rabbit warren of small and shared tables dotted with parents, students and workmates finding their nooks by the open fireplace or peeping from behind beautiful leadlight windows.
The breakfast and lunch menus are extensive and reasonably priced and will make decision-making even more difficult given the additional premade offerings in the front counter. I chose the Middle Eastern eggs ($16) – two creamy-yolked poached eggs atop sourdough, rocket, sweet beetroot relish and with a healthy handful of crunchy and very spicy dukkah. I’m guessing that I unknowingly chose the most popular dish on the menu (for good reason) as the waitress gave me a knowing ‘a-ha’ when I placed my order.
For dessert the lemon and pistachio cake is a must-try. A very moist cake generously studded with nuts and topped with a praline of crystallised sugar and more pistachios, it’s a delicious bargain at $5.50.
Jellystone Cafe, 179 Albion St, Brunswick +61 3 9386 7750
Monday to Friday 7am-4pm; Saturday, Sunday 8.30am-4pm
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