2/19 Grey Street, St Kilda (map)
Last week I met up with the lovely Jess (aka Sugadeaux) for brunch. She suggested Miss Jackson, a cafe on the corner of Grey and Jackson Streets in St Kilda that I'd heard plenty about, but never before visited. I'm so glad we did.
It's housed in a handsome century-old building that was once a bank. Outside are a handful of outside tables on the courtyard deck. The interior consists of a row of small interconnecting rooms with white-painted walls and an elegantly minimalist, relaxed air.
The menu listed two kinds of Bloody Marys ($5/$10): virgin or superstar dj. No prizes for guessing which kind we ordered.
Jess ordered the grilled asparagus with poached eggs, prosciutto and parmesan ($13). I just *loved* the way the prosciutto was snugly wrapped around the asparagus spears!
I wanted something savoury but didn't feel like eggs, so I ordered the corn fritters with bacon, avocado and roasted vine tomatoes ($13). How gorgeous do those vine tomatoes look??! I didn't want to disturb them, but then my hunger got the better of me. A fab brunch dish - the corn in the fritters was nice and juicy, and the relish on the side went with it nicely.
We also enjoyed our coffees (Allpress) and chattering away with Steve the owner. Both Jess and I are keen to go back again soon to sample some of the other brunch menu items (eg the ricotta pancakes with strawberries and lemon curd... the warm citrus salad with yoghurt pannacotta... or maybe the herb scrambled eggs with homemade corn bread). As Jess said, you know you like a place when there are about five things on the menu that equally tempt you!