Glen Waverley, VIC 3150
I am the brunch-bringer in my family. My parents may have boundless enthusiasm for newly opened Chinese restaurants and will basically try every single one they see within a 10km radius of their house, they’re a bit more timid when it comes to brunch. This is rather unfortunate, as they are big fans of brunch (who isn’t). So when I’m in town, I see it as equal parts obligation and privilege to take them out for a good bit of poached eggs and porridge.
The brunch scene in the outer-east of Melbourne has really boomed in the last year or so, to the point where I actually had trouble deciding on which place to take them to. But in the end, I settled on White Mojo Plus – partially because of the excellent ratings, and partially due to the fact that I had a great time at their Balwyn location.
Like the other members of the White Mojo family, the Glen Waverley branch has an airy, outdoorsy feel to it. There are fresh flowers on every table, the whitewashed walls caught all the light coming in through the windows, and there’s a bright little courtyard for those who enjoy a bit of a breeze.
We started off with a round of drinks. Maybe I had forgotten just how good the coffee in Melbourne really is, but I thought this was fantastic. Both my Skinny Flat White ($4, regular) and dad’s Latte ($4, regular) were light and sweet, with warm nutty and chocolatey notes. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised; after all, White Mojo is a specialty coffee roaster who craft all their blends on-site.
Good drinks continued with my sister’s Iced Matcha Latte ($7). With a perfect balance between sweetness, milkiness, and the fresh grassiness of green tea, this was probably the best matcha beverage I’ve had.
When I first went to White Mojo a few years back, I skipped their Signature Croissant Burger ($23). Well I wasn’t about to make the same mistake twice, and talked dad into getting this. This was every bit as indulgent as you’d imagine, the flaky croissant hiding two generous pieces of soft shell crab, 2 fried eggs, and plenty of chipotle mayo for heat and creaminess.
My mum can always be relied on to order the most veggie-heavy (and potentially most boring) dish on the menu. And although I wouldn’t normally call the Crushed Green ($17.5), with its combination of smash avocado and edamame, boring, it does pale in comparison to dishes such as the Black Forest croissant and pulled pork eggs benny. Still, it was a light, well-made dish for those who are looking for something a little healthier.
My sister and I on the other hand work as a team, and we have a good track record of ordering the best dish of the day. Case in point: the Double Cheese Chilli Scrambled Egg ($19.5) was not only the favourite at the table, it was probably my most favourite egg dish of all time.
The eggs were super moist and creamy, especially with the amount of cheese incorporated in and shaved on top. The addition of a handful of corn kernels into the eggs was genius, as the sweetness complemented both the chilli in the eggs, and the salty smokiness of the thick-cut bacon perfectly. A mouthful of eggs, a bit of bacon, some of that sweet charcoal brioche bun, and I was in heaven.
Keeping with our formula of one-sweet-one-savoury, my sister and I also ordered the Apple Piecake ($19.5) that left my mum cooing over how pretty they were.
Light, fluffy, and not too sweet, these little pancakes were topped off with a big scoop of apple crumble, and served with a generous pot of cinnamon cream. Although it may not have as much wow-factor as some of the richer desserts, it meant that we weren’t left feeling sluggish afterwards.
I’m super happy that White Mojo opened up in Glen Waverley. My parents are really getting into this whole brunch thing, but they’re not very good at finding new places for themselves yet, so I’m glad that they now have such a great spot nearby for them to go to even when I’m not around.
Rating: 14.5/20 – still got it.
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit.