Late last year my brunch date with a fellow foodie took me to Mama Jambo. Down on Eliza Street this redecorated warehouse has a whole new level of vibrancy with pops of bright colours. You can’t miss this place. Mostly open for breakfast and lunch with an African influence we were curious to see what it was all about.
Once inside I came to realize Mama Jambo is also a live music venue and art gallery staying open late on Friday nights. Perfect for chilling out in the city if you don’t want to go to overcrowded bars with sticky floors. I also later found out Jambo means hi in Swahili which techincally means this cafe is called “HEY MAMA”. Yes, I found that amusing…like Osteria Oggi was essentially Tavern Today…..moving on.
I have stopped caffeine for over a year now and have instead become a peppermint tea connoisseur because that seems to be the only herbal tea anyone ever has. Not really complaining, just an observation of the limited caffeine free tea options. Perhaps it’s harder than I realize to obtain from suppliers. At home I make my own blends. So, back on track, peppermint tea it is. It came in a teapot that I actually likened to a distorted beaker and now I want one of those! Naturally I haven’t tried their coffee but it is organic. Their foods are also locally sourced where possible and they’re advocates of sustainability.
I opted for MJ’s Big Brekky wanting to try African beans. This hearty breakfast defeated me in the end. It comes with spiced sausage, double smoked bacon, African beans, poached egg and roasted tomato on sourdough. The African beans were quite a big serve hence my very full stomach. I do have to say however I could not pick out the African influence of the beans, tasted very much like house made baked beans I’ve had at different places. The roasted tomatoes turned out to be the star. Whether it was confit in bacon fat or something I don’t know but it tasted so good.
My dining partner, always the healthier one opted for Smashed Avocado Special on the board. It came with a 62 degree egg, slow roasted tomato, feta and dukkah. There’s those amazing tomatoes again!
The breakfast menu was diverse enough, I almost wanted to order the Smashed Pumpkin with goats cheese salad. Having said that the African food influence shines through more in the lunch menu with the likes of dry rub beef short rib, preserved lemon chicken, jerk wings and blackened cauliflower salad. Something to explore on my next visit!
12 Eliza Street
0403 537 531