Tues – Sun 7am – 4pm
“Why is the ‘rap game’ all about the dollar, the females, what ’heat you’re packing’ and the never-ending disagreement about what to drink at the big party? Rappers these days make more money on products they either sell, market or invest rather than their record sales. Take 50 cent for example, who designed a water flavoured drink for Glaceau Water and who also invested in this company. Later on it was bought out by Coco Cola and good old 50 cent had reportedly took a slice worth $100 million. His record sales have never eclipse this number! You may call him a sell out, but while you ponder this thought over brunch I recommend somewhere quite, calm and of course providing good food. There is always room at Miss Jackson, and the best part is that you don’t need to apologise.
I bet that many brunch-goers would have passed Miss Jackson without ever acknowledging its existence. While not being in an ideal location, the discovery of this gem offers some understated charm and a relaxed brunch experience. The entrance is on Jackson Street, where you will find the dated industrial brick building blending in with the rust-coloured fence. There is seating on deck as you enter, perfect for those off-chance warm days. Inside Miss Jackson, the decor is very clean with white walls divided into different rooms that are connected by the hallway. There are subtle low hanging lights and a magazine stand full of cultural reading material if you fancy.
Haters do hate, but coffee doesn’t discriminate in the ‘rap game’. Miss Jackson delivers Allpress Espresso beans to its consumers. My long black [$3.50] came in the right cup size and it sure hit the spot delivering a clean crisp taste with a mild fruity taste. Allpress is a quality cup but street cred should also be given to the barista for delivering the right strength coffee.
If there is one thing that is synonymous with Miss Jackson, it’s the corn fritters. I have read and that if you go to Miss Jackson you must check out the Corn Fritters with bacon, avocado and roasted vine tomatoes and homemade chilli jam [$15].Upon being served I was impressed with the plating. Two perfectly shaped corn fritters stacked on top of each other with bacon, cherry tomatoes and chilli jam. Perfect! The most obvious taste from the fritters was the unusual dryness, which was completely different to Mart 130 up the road. However, after eating the fritters with the other elements it was clear that Miss Jackson purposely went for this unique direction. Combining the fritters with the chilli jam created the right balance of chilli kick and dryness for both elements to create balance. The bacon was cooked to perfection and the slice of avocado was a nice addition. Being innovative with food is a big tick for me and I must say I quite enjoyed this dish as it was different and pleasantly surprising.
Miss Jackson provided a true casual dining experience, as there was no rush to order my coffee or even eat my food. It’s a place where you could have some quite time to reflect on the week that has been or the week that will be. The staff are friendly and attentive, knowing when to approach customers and when to leave them in deep thought. With the food quality being top-notch for the St Kilda scene, this is the perfect opportunity to forget Fitzroy Street and come and visit Miss Jackson.”
“Modern technology is a powerful thing, as it helps us all connect and keep in touch in a world where time is increasingly becoming shorter. Tools such as facebook and twitter help broaden our horizons without ever having to leave your chair (or go out of your way to seek information). For us, technology helps us keep in the loop. On the internet its easy to find well-loved brunching places or hotspots, but its hard to find those hidden gems. Enter twitter. A while ago, fellow blogger @jaimecml told us that a place known as Miss Jackson provided very good corn fritters and that we must explore for ourselves.
We arrived on a summer-turned-autumn kind of day. There was a chill in the air, but the sun was bright. Entering Miss Jackson is a little fickle – you enter through the courtyard which is actually at the front of the venue instead of the back. The ‘front door’ is through Jackson Street instead of the more obvious choice of Grey Street. Confused yet? Us too, but we weren’t deterred as we trudged up the stairs, finding the barista station and two dining rooms to the left of it.
We took a seat and sat down, ordering our coffees and studying the menu. There were a number of items that looked delicious – Honey toasted granola with berry compote and honey yoghurt [$9], Breakfast crumble with poached peaches, raspberries, pistachio granola and yoghurt [$11] and even the Spanish baked eggs with chorizo, char grilled capsicum and olives [$16]. It was an omelette kind of day and I went for the Goat cheese omelette with fresh herbs and organic sourdough toast [$14.50].
As we waited for our meals to comes, the lady next to us had some Ricotta pancakes with fresh strawberries, lemon curd and pistachios [$15] delivered to her. YUM! The smell wafted over to our table and our stomachs grumbled with anticipation.
Finally our meals came out (although the wait was not too long) and was served hot, straight out of the pan and in front of me. The omelette was mouth wateringly good. It was perfectly salty and the cheese just melted in my mouth. The goats cheese was creamy and perfectly suited to this omelette. The sourdough bread was crispy, crunchy and the perfect density and thickness.
For dessert, we ordered a fudge brownie [~$5]. The waiter offered to heat it up for us and we couldn’t refuse. I like to share the guilt with Mr LB, and as we both dug in, we couldn’t help but comment how well-made it was. It was rich, moist and luxurious. The walnuts were crispy and crunchy, balancing the textures of this dish.
Miss Jackson is a low maintenance brunch place. There’s no waiting for a seat, the coffee was nice, and the food is tasty. If you’re in the mood for a delicious brunch without the wait, then Miss Jackson is for you.
Final thought: “The relaxing cafe that’s big on fritters”