Last week one of the endless ephemeral messages that waft through cyberspace via Facebook or Twitter or somewhere caught my attention. It was from food blogger Vicious Ange, who mentioned great Polish food at a new Brunswick cafe called Court Jester. I was intrigued and endeavoured to try it for myself as soon as possible, which I did on Sunday with an equally hungry friend. Having been advised on what was good to eat at last year’s Polish festival at Federation Square by Ange, I know that her recommendations should be taken seriously!
Court Jester is located in a warehouse in a construction strewn back street of Brunswick. There is one long communal table and several couches (above), as well as a small outdoor courtyard at the front (below).
There’s lots of art on the walls by the owners of the cafe and other locals, and there’s lots to look at. The coffee is absolutely excellent.
Everything on the menu (all day breakfasts and savoury lunch dishes available after 11am, as well lots of amazing looking cakes) is homemade with the benefit of four generations of family recipes. From the top down, we tried the beef pierogi (steamed dumplings), the chicken and onion kreplakh (fried dumplings) with Russian potato salad and a sauerkraut and carrot dressing, and the cabbage rolls.
Everything was delicious but our favourite was definitely the cabbage rolls with their meat and rice stuffing and rich, mildly spicy, sauce.
Given the quality of the coffee, the excellent food and the friendly customer service, I think that Court Jester will soon become extremely popular. I’ll be back soon to try some of the other things on the menu, including the cakes.
Central and eastern European food is found mainly in the inner south-east of Melbourne, at places like Borsch Vodka and Tears. By bringing this food to Brunswick, Court Jester adds to the variety of food available in the inner north. It joins the Czech and Slovak restaurant Koliba in Collingwood and the Austrian restaurant Mutti in Carlton. My inner central European is very happy!