Second Home in Eltham is an award-winning cafe housed in an Alistair Knox-designed brick industrial building. It’s the latest venture from cafe maestro Jason Jones (The Stables of Como, Friends of Mine, Go West) and well worth a special trip to the leafy ‘burbs.
Formerly a factory, workshop and gallery, Second Home has taken the bones of the building and transformed it into a light-filled, expansive dining room, courtyard and art gallery set amongst the gum trees.
The kind of stylish, warm place that we WISH we could call home.
I adore the olive tree taking centre stage.
The menu is large and shares many similar traits to menus of Jones’ other cafes, with separate sections for bready things, healthy things and eggs and sprinklings of cheekiness. Lunch is a build-your-own affair with a rotation of proteins and salads as well as main meals.
A lighter menu has just been installed for spring/summer but I crave the dark hot chocolate from the winter season. Luckily they are still serving it (while there are still some marshmallows left) and the huge huggable mug of slick chocolate is soothing to the soul. Those needing a caffeine hit will note that the coffee is made with Rosso beans, a supplier for most of Jones’ cafes.
I also try the pink dragon fruit bowl of banana, kiwi, berries and buckinis. It’s like a smoothie in a bowl so on my waitress’ recommendation I add the optional granola ($4) for textural crunch.
The hot cake comes straight off the pan, fluffy and warm and topped with berries and mascarpone and maple syrup on the side.
On your way out grab something to go from the mini-providore filled with baked goods, sweet treats and posies.