Saturday, 14 September 2013

Excelsior Jones @ Ashfield


A friend of mine has been telling me to try Excelsior Jones for months, and when they won Best Cafe in Time Out Food Award 2013, I figured it was about time I went. I personally, would have never thought such a cafe would exist in the suburb known for their dumplings. Therefore, as a brunch date, we headed to Ashfield to check out Excelsior Jones.

Excelsior Jones is located on quite a strange intersection, where apart from the cafe itself, there are homes and a few mechanics. But, never judge a book by its cover right? Upon walking in, there was a great smell of coffee and pancakes! The pancake smell was extremely deceiving considering there wasn't a pancake item on the menu.

Pretty Mocha

Berry almond tart
After smelling the pancakes, and not seeing them in sight I thought we would need a sweet hit. I went to the cabinet, and from the several pastries such as friands and cupcakes I chose the deliciously looking berry almond tart. My partner ordered a cappuccino while I ordered a mocha for myself, and accompanied with the tart was a great way to start the day.

Poached eggs with toast, relish, feta and sauteed mushrooms
We both ordered the same dish of poached eggs with toast, however chose different sides. Excelsior Jones allows you to choose from a range of sides such as; bacon, relish, mushrooms, feta, relish, avocado. I ended up with the relish, feta and mushrooms and my partner chose a nice and simple side of avocado. The relish was amazing and when added with the feta, a great balance of sweet, salty and tangy flavours. There is not any other way of having mushrooms for breakfast than with a lovely butter based sauce. Of course, the best part of a breakfast are perfectly poached eggs!

Overall, Excelsior Jones was a great place for breakfast. The staff are friendly, where a staff member saw my partners film camera and had an in-depth talk about photography and cameras for a good 10 minutes. I definitely want to go again and try their lunch menu.

Good food, good times!


Amy zhong 15 September 2013 at 17:31

i love this place, the food is delicious and staff are friendly, but when i went the coffee was a bit weak, lets hope they've fixed that up!

Tina @ bitemeshowme 16 September 2013 at 08:29

their pork hock was really good, hope you get to try that next time!

chocolatesuze 17 September 2013 at 00:19

you gotta try the sourdough pancakes next time too! bloody awesome!

Ramen Raff 28 September 2013 at 07:51

I gotta try the coffee! Awesome relishes do make a big difference in dishes. I wanna try toast w/ poached eggs & mushrooms. I heard good things bout the sourdough pancakes too.

Anonymous 8 October 2013 at 13:03

On 2 separate occasions the invoice provided to me by the Excelsior Jones (Queen St, Ashfield NSW) cashier did not contain an ABN (Aust Business Number). I need this in order to make a reimbursement claim at work. When I called up and politely asked for this, I was told to call back and speak to the 'manager'. When I did speak to the 'manager' several hours later, he flatly refused to provide an ABN because it is 'private'.

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