Situated just off the Fitzroy Street end of Grey Street, Miss Jackson has fast become my new favourite place for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Yummy, flavorful hangover food, but that doesn’t really do it justice – this is thoughtful cooking, generous portions and great flavour combinations that easily thrash more run-of-the-mill brunch offerings. So far I haven’t been disappointed by a single dish – just wanted to share a couple of highlights here:
Goats chevre omelette with fresh herbs and organic sourdough toast / Mushroom piadinia with fontina cheese and thyme / Potato and leek hash with asparagus, smoked trout and a poached egg (pictured here with chorizo instead, due to other half’s strange aversion to eggs) / Corn fritters with bacon, avocado and roasted vine tomatoes and homemade chilli jam / Panzanella salad with Heirloom tomatoes and grilled haloumi / Panko chicken schnitzel burger with radish and fennel slaw / Steak sandwich with caramelised onion, fresh tomato, rocket and fries. Not forgetting the stringy hot chips with aioli. There are smaller (and kind of more healthy) breakfast options – lovely fruity stuff like Berry trifle with homemade granola and Greek yoghurt / Breakfast crumble with poached peaches and raspberries, pistachio granola and yoghurt / Ricotta pancakes with strawberries and lemon curd.
These guys do a mean Allpress Espresso coffee, but they also (subtly) encourage dabbling with hair of the dog offerings – Bellini peach nectar with prosecco (or soda water if you need to take it easy) and Bloody Mary – virgin or ‘superstar dj’ – love it! Plus cheapy wines, White Rabbit White Ale, Vale Ale from McLaren Vale, Argentina’s national brew Quilmes and Beechworth organic cider. Also, Larsen and Thompson teas, Hepburn sparkling soft drinks.
Housed in a converted bank, the owners have made the best of their small outside space converting it into a wooden-decked private terrace. Head up a few steps to the inter-connecting dining areas – light minimal spaces, white walls, polished floorboards, dark wooden chairs and a lovely restored fireplace. Elegant yet homely. One negative point – it gets pretty busy and the service can be a bit slow on occasion, but everyone is friendly and this isn’t the kind of place to get stressed out, so the best thing to do is stock up on newspapers and kick back.
2/19 Grey Street (enter from Jackson Street)
Tel. (03) 9534 8415
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 7am-4pm