Love makes the world go around. That’s why there’s something warming about the café at Blackmans Bay called Jack loves Red.
It’s a café with a love story. He’s Jack and she’s Red and they’re on a sea change, leaving the mainland behind and opening a cafe in the space that used to be Sfuso. You can forgive the saccharin photos because they’re obviously into each other. There should be more of it.
They’ve been open since April for standard breakfast and lunch fare. Pizzas are the big focus for eat in or takeaway during dinner.
This Girl came across their existence recently and surreptitiously tried to steer my work colleague, Ms Beaujangles, there for brunch with her mum. They took the bait and raved about it. Jack loves Red is in my locale so I had to go. I helped Hot Mumma remove glow in the dark stars from her son’s bedroom ceiling – he’s too big for that now – and then we headed for brunch.
They have reconfigured the space making it their own. The pizza production line had started when we arrived and you can watch as it proceeds via the view into the kitchen. There are a few booths for privacy to the side and the main floor of the restaurant looks out across Blackmans Bay.
The service will benefit from more experience. I got water on arrival but had to ask for a coffee, however Hot Mumma had been delayed so they might have thought they were doing the right thing by waiting.
Tip: Never get in the way of a woman and her Saturday morning coffee.
Hot Mumma chose the Avocado Sunrise without the avocado. I guess that makes it a Sunrise – zucchini and corn fritters with eggs, bacon and bearnaise sauce, $18.
I couldn’t decide. I really wanted the pancakes but I love a Mexican inspired dish and was contemplating the Brekky Burrito except the idea of ‘savoury mince’ was taking me back to something we used to eat as kids. David (Jack) suggested it was a long haul meal. I was easily convinced to go with the vanilla bean pancake topped with King Island cream, maple syrup and strawberries, $12.
Hot Mumma thoroughly enjoyed her fritters, in fact, her only criticism was that she would have liked three of them because they tasted so good. Even with two fritters it was a good-sized meal.
The pancakes were your average, every day garden variety version, perfectly edible but nothing outstanding. I should have asked for a little more maple syrup as the predominant taste was of butter from the melted cream. The $12 price tag was appropriate for the plate.
Jack loves Red is getting some happy customer reviews on social media. It’s a nice space in a great location. I’d be keen to try their lunch and dinner menu but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have breakfast there again. There wasn’t a point of difference on the menu or the service to give it an edge over its contemporaries. The next milestone for the café will be to find a menu niche and provide some offerings that are a little more off the beaten track. The standards and something for the more adventurous.
The Two Girls wish them well and we’ll make sure we get there for lunch soon.
Find them at 16 Ocean Esplanade, Blackmans Bay.
They’re open 9 am – 9 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
The breakfast menu finishes at 11.30 am.
Telephone 6229 2548.
Find them on Facebook – Jack loves Red.