Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jake & the Beans Talk, Malvern East by Bureaucrat

We arrived at Jake & the Beans Talk at the right time.  It was Saturday, midday.  And we got there after the breakfast/brunch crowd had moseyed on but before the hoards of hungry luncheon seekers descended.

I had Googled Jake & the Beans Talk for my lunch with Beaker.  We needed somewhere that was nearby to Chadstone Shopping Centre but wasn't actually located inside the road-rage inducing fashion capital (I mean, who could enjoy their meal after having to fight tooth and nail for a car park?).

Jack & the Beans Talk, Malvern East, buttermilk fried chicken
A spacious table and a friendly waitress bode well for our lunch.  My buttermilk fried chicken was quite yummy.  Tender breast fillets with a crunchy crumb.  The sweet potato chips were also very good - big and chunky and it had a nice crunchy polenta crust.  The slaw was a bit of a let down - there was far too much mayo, making it rather claggy.

Jack & the Beans Talk, Malvern East, nasi goreng
Beaker opted for one of the specials - a chicken satay nasi goreng.  I was a bit suss with her ordering this dish - I mean, I didn't imagine serving a classic Indonesian street hawker dish as being a brunchy-cafe's forte.  As such, while it looked good on the plate, Beaker left most of it there.  For a fried rice dish, the rice here was rather soggy and was excessively coated in this sweet-ginger sauce - simply put, the dish lacked wok hei.  Missing also was the typical condiments - crispy fried shallots, crackers, chilli, etc.  She was only too happy to steal some chicken and chips off my plate.

Jack & the Beans Talk, Malvern East, soy chai latte
We also got some soy chai lattes.

Jack & the Beans Talk, Malvern East


We really liked it
We really liked it.
Mid value
Mid value.


A nice suburban cafe.  Great relaxed vibe about the place - there's even outdoor seating in the back.  Friendly service.

Find it at

Jake & the Beans Talk
510 Waverley Road
Malvern East VIC 3145
Phone: (03) 9571 6661

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