Porgie and Mr Jones is a popular cafe in Hawthorn that has broad appeal. From the same stable as Friends of Mine, Snow Pony and others, it is a welcoming haven for foodies. A wait of 5 minutes was acceptable for a late Saturday morning. What I enjoyed was they called me by name when our table was ready.
The fit out is attractive with large dining areas, distressed dark timber tables, palms against exposed brick, old bookcase and retro lighting. And the retro ceiling fans are very cool. I enjoyed nice little touches like cactus on the tables and the eclectic artwork on the walls. Outdoors there is a funky courtyard area.
We visited during the brunch v lunch twilight zone. It was tempting to order the Parma or Steak Sandwich but we went for brunch options.
The menu features great brunch options from porridge to the classic Smashed avocado with poached egg. Sides are available and I ordered some chorizo. This dish is sensational. The creaminess of the smashed avocado and fetta, along with runny egg and quality mushromms is amazing. The best Smashed avocado I've had.
The croissants are also excellent with quality croissant and leg ham, tomato and cheese.
As for coffee it is top notch. My espresso was superb. Hot chocolates also great for kids.
It's a great place to meet friends and kick back. With cool jazz playing and the light coming through the large windows on a sunny Melbourne day, it was bliss.