On Saturday morning M and I went to Pope Joan in East Brunswick for brekkie. M's a bit of a closet romantic and often takes me out somewhere as a surprise. So, on Saturday morning after a busy busy week at work he said we were headed out for brekkie at a surprise location.
I'd heard good things about Pope Joan and it certainly lived up to the expectation. The only slight negative was that we ended up sitting at the bar in the Bishop of Ostia next door and the stools without food rests weren't super comfy to perch on.
But food-wise Pope Joan certainly didn't disappoint! We ordered coffees first and M was very impressed with his strong latte, served at just the right temperature.
M had the pumpkin and haloumi pie with fried egg, rainbow chard and dukkah, it was a bit different for a brekkie meal but very 'tasty and wholesome' he thought the flavours were nicely balanced and a good size, he particularly liked the runny egg on top.
I had the NZ smoked salmon with parsnip croquettes, slow cooked egg and Joan’s slaw. When it arrived it looked fantastic, better than I expected for sure. The dish came with a little salad too, normally I'm not a fan of salad with breakfast but this one was so beautifully put together with carefully picked salad and herb leaves it was impossible not to like it! The parsnip croquettes eaten with the salmon and 'Joan’s slaw' were sensational. The croquettes were beautifully crispy on the outside and super creamy and cheesy inside, the salmon had a great smoky flavour and the slaw was a fresh crunchy contrast. I couldn't peg quite what the slaw was made from so a nice waitress told me celeriac and apple- mmmm!
The other thing that interested me about this dish was the slow cooked egg. The yolk had an unusual gooey texture throughout but the white was actually much softer and runnier than the yolk, the reverse to the usual but worked surprisingly well!
The fit out inside was super cool and the staff friendly. I would have loved to have checked out the cute veggie patch out the back in more detail if it hadn't been so cold!
We loved Pope Joan and will definitely be there again soon!