White Mojo, CBD

11/27/2016 , 0 Comments

White Mojo is a cafe on Hardware Street, opposite Hardware Society in the CBD off Lonsdale Street between Elizabeth and Queen St. A second cafe has also opened up in Balwyn, opposite the cinemas and easily accessible by tram 109.

The interior of the cafe is quite bright, with white and pale wooden walls, and the atmosphere is lively, with sounds from the kitchen at the back and the chatter from the customers. The staff were attentive and friendly, and we managed to get a table in fifteen minutes.

The menu at White Mojo has an interesting range of dishes for both breakfast and lunch, and caters for gluten free, dairy free and vegan dietary requirements. Both my friend and I went with lunch dishes; the Salmon Tartare ($21) and the Croissant Burger ($24), as well as a watermelon juice ($8) and the lemon squash ($4.80). The watermelon juice was a little on the watery side, and didn't have a strong watermelon flavour; it felt a little pricey given the portion.

The salmon tartare was served with spicy mayo, miso avo, crispy bagel, dehydrated onion and a 63 degree egg. The salmon was a little on the salty side but still enjoyable, and the dehydrated onion hash was crunchy and full of flavour. However, the bagel felt a bit overcooked; it was quite tough to eat and a little stale. The miso avo had a good smooth consistency, though you couldn't taste the miso flavour at all. The 63 degree had the egg yolk cooked perfectly, though the egg white was slightly rubbery. It was also difficult to tell how you were supposed to eat the dish; you kind of had a bite of everything which just tasted like a salmon bagel, though crispier. Definitely an Instagram worth photo but flavour wise, missed the mark slightly.

The croissant bagel consisted of soft shell crab with pickled cucumber, chipotle mayo, smoked eel, fried eggs and chorizo dust. The croissant itself had the nice crisp outer layer and was soft on the inside, and not oily at all which was really great. The soft shell crab also had a really crunchy exterior, and the crab flavour came through quite well. I really liked the chipotle mayo as it added some spicy to the dish, and this was balanced out nicely by the pickled cucumber for a more acidic taste. The egg was cooked perfectly and the yolk oozed out when cut into, however I didn't actually know there was eel in the dish until I read the menu again upon doing this blog post; it either had a very small portion, or was a lighter flavour, so wasn't very obvious in the dish.

White Mojo definitely has great presentation of its food, which is perfect for sharing on social media, however taste wise it doesn't seem quite there. I don't really find a wow factor and it does feel a little on the pricey side, and from what I've heard from some of my friends who've gone to both the cafes, there lacks consistency in portion sizes and service. Given the number of great cafes in Melbourne, I most likely won't be visiting this place again.

Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Price: $$

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