Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 4pm

Address:
510 Waverley Rd,
Malvern East

Coffee: Five Senses

Mr LB:
“Avocado comes from the Nahuatl Indian (Aztec) word “ahuácatl” meaning testicle. Interesting fun fact considering the last few weeks smashed avocado has been connected with the issue of first home owner affordability. The author has a point – as do many of his generation – that the path to the property ladder requires sacrifices to reap the rewards in the future. Yet, with the current economic landscape inducing consistent increase in house prices, this achievement of ownership is like getting punched in the metaphorical ‘balls’ – plenty of pain and suffering. As a way to comprehend these ‘sacrifices’ we – and many other Melbourians – indulge in one of the best distractions – brunch. This week I ventured to Jake and the Beans Talk to taste the offerings from Malvern East.

The shop front/cafe look of Jake and the Beans Talk offers locals and passers-by the feel of an established and confident local cafe. There is no pretending of being something that they are not, as Jake and the Beans Talk have created a modern look with a solid team to offer a welcoming brunch experience. The interior space is decorated with a strong emphasis of deep wood and red brick features. The communal table is uniquely long that caters to small groups, while the back of the floor plan caters for bigger groups. Also on offer is a generous front alfresco area that welcomes all four legged friends.

Coffee is sourced from Five Senses which we recognise hasn’t been on our radar this year. Yet, even with the increase in coffee roasting competition in Melbourne, it’s exciting to see cafes still championing this great blend. White coffees are supplied by the Crompton Road Blend (60% Brazil, 40% India) and black coffee is variety of weekly single origins. My single origin long black [$3.70] was smooth and subtle with enjoyable notes of cherry and washed down well with the sparkling water provided. JoJo also like her almond milk latte which she noted had a desired consistent flavour and was well caffeinated.

The menu at Jake and the Beans Talk isn’t the most inventive or surprising brunch menu, however, there are some noteworthy twists and add-ons to the usual suspects. Keeping in line with the current trending news, JoJo couldn’t help but order the smashed avocado on pumpkin bread with grilled tomato, crumbled goats cheese, roquette, poached eggs, pesto & sprinkling of quinoa (CGF) [$19.90]. While not being phases by losing the opportunity of owning her own home, she was quite up beat with the inclusion of quinoa and Woodfrog’s Pumpkin Bread with the smashed avocado. She felt it was a good portion and the multiple ingredients made for joyful experience.

Smashed avocado on pumpkin bread with grilled tomato, crumbled goats cheese, roquette, poached eggs, pesto & sprinkling of quinoa.

Smashed avocado on pumpkin bread with grilled tomato, crumbled goats cheese, roquette, poached eggs, pesto & sprinkling of quinoa.

I took to a traditional meal with a twist, deciding on the Eggs Benny -with pulled pork, ham, baby spinach, apple cider Hollandaise & poached eggs on a polenta cake (GF) [$19.90]. I enjoyed the traditional vs modern take to this dish with the polenta cake acting as the ideal substitute for the traditional English muffin – often overrated in my book. The apple cider hollandaise was perfectly constructed with a silky and citrus texture that complemented the soft pulled pork pieces. Whilst not being an over-sized portion, the flavours pack a great punch.
Eggs benny - with pulled pork, ham, baby spinach, apple cider Hollandaise & poached eggs on a polenta cake.

Eggs Benny -with pulled pork, ham, baby spinach, apple cider Hollandaise & poached eggs on a polenta cake

Jake and the Beans Talk  has hit the right balance of creating a modern cafe decor – that has come to be the norm – and matched with some great brunch dishes. They haven’t gone about to re-create the wheel but the slight touches makes this brunch experience worth travelling for.”

Final thought: “A little piece of Malvern East for brunch lovers to enjoy “

Jake & The Beans Talk Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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