The Brunch Diaries: Journeyman, Melbourne
Megan McCarthy | On 18, Dec 2014
When I consider the elements of a good brunch restaurant, a few things come to mind. Obviously good food is essential, but so is atmosphere, service, (and in typical Melbourne fashion) good java. I was pleasantly surprised that Journeyman, also known to some as Dukes Coffee Roasters, ticked all of these boxes.
Located on Chapel Street, Journeyman is centered in the heart of all the hustle and bustle. The interior of the space is industrial yet somehow cozy with details of exposed brick and worn wood. The service was notably efficient, as we were greeted immediately after we sat down and the staff took turns attentively checking on us as we struggled to make a decision of what to order. We finally decided on splitting the Avocado Hummus Bread with Poached Eggs, Candied Bacon and Dukkah and the Crispy Pork Croquette with Hollandaise Sauce.
The cafÃ© prides itself on producing the best coffee in Melbourne, and although I would never deem myself a coffee connoisseur I very much enjoyed my flat white. Our food arrived quickly and based on the presentation, I couldnâ€™t wait to dig in. I started off by having one of the Pork Croquettes, which is essentially Journeymanâ€™s twist on Eggâ€™s Benedict. The dish was garnished with thin slivers of Granny Smith apple and drizzled with apple cider hollandaise, which gave it the perfect amount of sweetness to really make this dish unique. Hiding underneath were the pork croquettes which strangely resembled the taste of a burger, but the mix of the sweet and savory made this a really interesting variation on the traditional â€œpulled pork eggs benedictâ€ I tend to see on a lot of breakfast menus.
Halfway through, my boyfriend and I switched plates and I got to experience the creative genius behind the Avocado Hummus Bread. The bread was hardly visible underneath the pile of lettuce and chunks of candied bacon, and when I cut through with my knife I could see the heaping portion of avocado and hummus sitting on top of the toast just waiting to be devoured. Itâ€™s no surprise that avocado and hummus are going to taste amazing together, but adding candied bacon into the mix is just something I would never think to do so I liked how Journeyman came up with something so different. I have to admit that Iâ€™m quite happy that I shared this dish, as I can imagine that a full portion might be a bit heavy due to the intensity of the different flavours.
Although I left Journeyman more than full, I couldnâ€™t go home without bringing one of the delicious treats on display along with me. I opted for a cheeky Homemade Salted Caramel Oreo, which melted in my mouth just a matter of hours later. Whether you’re keen for a nice brunch with friends or just looking for a place to read the newspaper over a cup of coffee, Journeyman is definitely worthÂ a go!
What Journeyman cafÃ©
Where 169 Chapel Street, Windsor
When Monday- Friday 6.30am- 4p.m, Saturday- Sunday 7a.m- 4.30p.m
More Information head to the Journeyman website