How’s it going café lovers?
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I came across Porgie’s & Mr Jones when I was trying to find a place to eat in Hawthorn for a Sunday morning breakfast with my Dad. We enjoy going to the cafes in the Hawthorn area, as it feels close to the city without being in the centre of the CBD and far enough from home that it feels like an outing.
Porgie’s & Mr Jones are also open on Friday and Saturday nights for dinner.
We found Porgie’s & Mr Jones pretty easy to find as it sits on Auburn Road and with the giant sign outside, it’s hard to miss. We also found parking relatively easily as there were quite a number of spots along Auburn road, as well as a number down the side streets near the café.
The one thing to rememeber when visiting Porgie’s & Mr Jones is that they are a cash only café, so make sure you draw cash out before you come. But if you’ve forgotten you’re in luck and there is an ATM next door.
FOOD & DRINKS
Porgie’s & Mr Jones has a reasonably sized menu, with a number of mouth-watering dishes to choose from, so hopefully you can find something that you’ll enjoy.
The following menu photos were taken in September 2016 and the menu might have changed since then.
Both my Dad and I ordered a latte; we both liked the pretty design on the top. We both thought that they were average, they had a nice flavour but they definitely weren’t hot enough and weren’t as rich a creamy as we would have liked.
Coffee rating: 3/5
I ordered the toasted banana bread with maple mascarpone, fresh banana, berries and pistachio praline. I was surprised at the large serving size. I’ve had toasted banana bread before as other cafés and they’ve all been really small.
I also loved the generous serving of mascarpone, which meant there was enough for both slices of banana bread. I loved the slight crunch on the outside of the bread, while the inside was soft yet dense. I also really enjoyed the berries as they added an extra depth of flavour. They added a fantastic tart flavour, which helped to balance the flavours between the banana bread and the mascarpone.
My Dad ordered the poached eggs from happy chickens on toasted sourdough with a side of bacon and roasted tomato. He thought that it was a perfect serving size. He thought that the eggs were perfectly cooked and loved the taste of the roasted tomato. He said that he would definitely order it again.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
There are quite a number of tables at Porgie & Mr Jones. Inside there are two seating areas and two seat areas outside, one in a court yard at the back of the café and the other with seating at the front over looking the road. We both personally thought that the tables were two small and we found it quite difficult to have two cups or coffee and both plates of food on it at the same time.
I wasn’t a fan of the lighting in the café, as I found it quite dark in the corner that we were siting in. I also think that this café needs a good coat of paint, as the half peeled paint on the wall makes the place look dirty. But I did like the artwork on the walls of the café, as I thought that it added character.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT PORGIE & MR JONES
Address: 291 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9882 2955
Monday –Friday –7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Friday – Saturday Night – 6:30 pm – 11pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
Have you visited Porgie & Mr Jones 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,