Good to see you café lovers!
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I came across South of Johnson when I was doing my research on cafés in Melbourne. I constantly look up different cafés in Melbourne and add them to my café list. When I first read South of Johnson’s menu, I was excited to go and try them. So one Saturday morning my Dad and I drove out to Collingwood with the hopes of finding a table.
It was quite difficult to find parking as most of the parking in the area are permit zones and the other you have to pay for. So keep that in mind when visiting this café.
At South of Johnson they use fresh and locally sourced and ethically produced products. They have also done their part in reducing greenhouse admissions by installing forty solar panels on their roof.
FOOD & DRINKS
South of Johnson has quite an interesting menu. They have a great selection of delicious sounding breakfasts including both sweet and savoury options, as well as a number of great brunches and lunches. I think you’ll be sitting there for quite a while trying to decide which to choose that you might have to come back another time to try that other dish you had your eye on.
These photos of the menu were taken in June 2016 and might have changed.
The coffee was fantastic! It was nice and hot when it arrived at the table and had a rich flavour. The milk had been heated to the perfect temperature and it had this thick and creamy constancy that went down a treat on that cold Melbourne morning. I loved the saucer that the coffee was served on. I felt that the blue and white plate was more interesting than what other cafés use.
Coffee rating: 4/5
My Dad ordered the chorizo eggs, which was served with classic poached eggs and chorizo sausage, hollandaise sauce, Napoli, olives and basil on toast.
He’s not usual a fan of hollandaise sauce, but he thought that he would try something different and in the end he really enjoyed his meal. He said that the chorizo sausage had an incredible flavour. He also said that the hollandaise wasn’t as rich as he’s had in the past and thought that it added an interesting flavour to the dish. He went on to say that all the elements in the dish helped to balance out the others flavours and enhance the natural flavours of the elements.
He said that he would definitely have it again and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of a meal.
I ordered the pancakes, which were served with poached strawberries, macadamia and coconut crumble and vanilla ice cream.
Once again I liked the plate that both dishes were served on. I thought that it was something quite different to the usual grey, white or black plates that are usually used.
The pancakes themselves were great! They were light and fluffy on the inside and had the delicious liquid from the poached strawberries coating them. I loved the macadamia and coconut crumble and thought that they were a great flavour combination and loved the crunchy texture against the soft pancakes and strawberries.
It was the perfect serving size and I was able to just finish them. I wasn’t the biggest fan on the vanilla ice cream, as I personally felt it was too early to sit and eat ice cream at that time of the morning. But for those that do, I’m sure you’ll love this meal.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
South of Johnson has a number of tables within their café. They also have a fireplace, which is an added bonus during the cold months in Melbourne. The have a number of couches around the fireplace for customers to sit in while they wait for a table. I love that this café has that waiting area, instead of making them wait outside in the cold or stand by the door.
The also have two outside seating areas, one of the have a blind that can be closed to help keep the some warmth in and to protect you from the wind and rain and the other is out in the elements.
When we first arrived it was quite busy and we started off sitting in the outside area with the blind. What I thought was fantastic was that they provide blankets to all their customers sitting outside. I think that this is a great idea as it helps to keep the chill of your legs. After about five minutes a table inside became available and they kindly moved us inside. It was a very busy morning and I was surprised that they moved us. I thought that they offered great customer service and really showed that they cared about their customers.
All their other employees were also very friendly and welcoming. The food came out in a timely manner and we really enjoyed sitting there eating our food and watching all the customers come and go.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTH OF JOHNSON
Address: 46 Oxford Street, Collingwood, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9417 2741
Monday –Friday –7:30 am- 5:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 8/10
Have you visited South of Johnson before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,