For those that don’t already know, Jamface is the delicious cafe baby from our South Aussie Masterchef contestant Poh Ling Yeow.
Nestled down the aisles of our wonderful Central Markets, you’ll find it by searching for the quaint twinkling lights.
We strolled there earlier this week for the final day of the Tasting Australia writers conference, Words To Go.
The best part? The 7 course breakfast that almost left us crawling out on our hands and knees is NOT exclusive to Tasting Australia (although we bow at their delicious temple in praise of this wonderful meal) so you all can go experience these dishes any time you like!
Here’s a little rundown of what the fabulous Poh presented to us ahead of our big day of exploring.
When we arrived to the incredibly cute cafe our places were set with fresh flowers, vibrant bottles of house made cold pressed juices and individual serves of pot set yoghurt topped with vanilla poached pears and a house made granola. In fact, let’s just pause for a moment to highlight that almost everything in store is house made and prepared daily. Wowza. Ok, let’s continue.
This beautiful fresh start, was perfect to get us going for our day. To be honest we actually folded up our napkins, deeply satisfied with the breakfast we had received. Unbeknownst to us, this was merely the beginning.
The out came the Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Parmesan, Sourdough Toast and a Rocket Salad. Oh boy. Poh has perfected that delicate balance between scrambled eggs that are way too sloppy and those that are overdone.
Next came the Chorizo and Beans in adorable individual pots with more toast. We were learning by now that wasting space with toast may not be the best way forward… so we spooned this one directly into our mouths. Amazing. This dish has a brilliant kick to it. A great way to warm the soul during winter.
Then came what we have to say may be the greatest Egg and Bacon sandwich of all time. Yep big call. But we’re making it! And don’t think we don’t know what you’re thinking. Egg and bacon sarnie? Eh. It’s been done. And why yes it has, but not like this!
You had your perfectly oozy egg. The smokey bacon that wasn’t too crispy or still oinking. Baby spinach, tomato and mayo. Ok pretty standard so far we hear you mutter. But what brought these fab ingredients together in a ‘party in your mouth’ way was that Poh coated the multigrain bread with a parmesan and thyme crust. Such a simple concept, which an outstanding result. We would’ve taken six more.
But thank God we didn’t. Out next was the Hotcakes topped with blueberry compote, lemon curd and creme fraiche. Lord forgive us, because if this isn’t a sin, we don’t know what is.
And surely that was us done right? Not quite. Poh then presented us with delightful (but way too many) tartlets and treats. For one hazelnut cocoa base encased sticky salted caramel and dark chocolate; Pistachio cream and rhubarb gel sat pretty in another; and then there was the classic French Mille Feuille (delicate pastry layered with vanilla custard creme.)
After which we truly couldn’t move. But worth it? Absolutely.
We’d like to thank Poh and her brilliant team for having us for brekky. And of course Tasting Australia for coordinating the whole show. As we’ve said, this particular feast wasn’t open to the public, but luckily Jamface always is!
It’s just one of the brilliant venues you can explore whilst at the Central Markets. Now, on to try some cheese!
Photos by Glam’s Kelly Noble