I am a big MasterChef (Australia) fan, and one of the many things that fascinates me is the plating. Not only is the food expected to be delicious, it is expected to look like a work of art. Outside Masterchef, such things are only seen in the realm of very high-end dining. Or so you might think…
White Mojo first appeared in the CBD a couple of months ago. Its second venue is on the street level of a very new apartment complex in Whitehorse Road, just opposite the Palace Cinema. Large windows admit lots of light into a modern Nordic style blond wood interior with a hexagon motif on the walls and tables, and a larger than life, very colourful mural of a French Bulldog behind the barista.
Part-owner Jia gives a friendly welcome. White Mojo Balwyn has only been open for a few weeks, but there is a steady stream of customers of all age groups. Even though it is only a bit after 10am on a weekday, most are indulging in brunch rather than just a morning coffee and cake.
The first glance at the menu reveals some surprises – the expected breakfast and brunch staples (eggs, bacon, granola, avo variations, waffles …) are joined by such things as a Croissant Burger with soft shell crab, Pork Benedict, and a Cauliflower Pannacotta.
Drinks? White Mojo offers a modest range, focussing on quality rather than quantity. Dedication to detail is demonstrated in the fact that black and milk coffees are made from subtly different blends of Sumatran beans, ground on separate grinders so that the distinct flavours are not compromised. The tea selection comprises just four single origin fine Chinese teas. Hot selections are rounded out by Calmer Sutra Chai Tea Latte, Matcha Latte, and Hot Chocolate. Fresh fruit juices are cold pressed, and the complementary water is lightly carbonated.
These are substantial plates of food, but they sit surprisingly lightly. Normally, they would be more than adequate for a lunch or brunch, but under Jia’s gentle urging, we try two of the sweet dishes.
We loved it.
OverallMuch more than just a coffee place. Stunning presentation showcases innovative, delicious dishes, making it a great place for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Prices are slightly higher than typical brunch cafés, but the food is definitely worth it.
Find it atWhite Mojo
182-184 Whitehorse Road
Balwyn Vic 3103