Middle Park's latest cafe, Jack the Geezer is the sort of place you want to love, but instead comes out with a 'nice try - have a gold star for your efforts'. The staff are friendly, the venue is modern (but still warm and welcoming), the coffee hits the mark and the menu looks absolutely drool-worthy. Unfortunately there were a couple of aspects of the food that didn't quite hit the mark and the service wasn't exactly speedy.
To eat I ordered the 'Spice Girls' - spiced baked eggs, chorizo and slow braised beans with pistachio, pomegranate and avocado salsa. The dish came out looking absolutely magnificent, however the eggs were overcooked and the dish was cold - tasting like it had been sitting out on a bench for awhile - I couldn't even spread my little nob of butter (which was quite a sweet idea) on my cold piece of toast.
My friend ordered 'The Geezer', which consisted of two poached eggs, bacon, smashed avo and beetroot béarnaise on pea, corn, mint and potato fritters. Luckily for her, her dish was still warm, and the beetroot béarnaise was definitely a delicious twist on the usual culprits for breakfast.
With such incredible potential (at the end of the day, it was really just the temperature of the food that let it down), I'm not giving up on Jack the Geezer just yet, and would be willing to give it another go.
Verdict: Like - get around to trying it at some point.