Mocan and Green Grout in Acton is a favourite coffee destination for inner city office workers, students, hipsters and weekend brunchers. I often find a queue of people waiting for a table or take away coffee. I hadn’t been back to dine in for years so I got up early one weekday morning to have a quick breakfast. The quirky eatery doesn’t have much seating inside with mainly small tables for 2-3 people and low stools to sit on. The best seats in the house are along the small kitchen counter (sits 5 people) to watch the chefs at work.
I can never resist a baked eggs dish and it was the perfect dish that cold morning. I wasn’t disappointed with the baked eggs, charred eggplant, harissa and chevre ($17). The eggplant was almost like a puree and provided that extra bonus in the tomato mix. The eggs were slightly overdone but had a bit of ooze left in them. I enjoyed the spice from the harissa and mixing in the chevre to create a creamy texture to dip my bread into. Yum!
On another occasion, my soy mocha arrived with a light dusting of cocoa powder on top. I’ve always been happy with my mochas at Mocan and GG.
I dug up a photo from a year or two ago of my pork belly burger with cucumber, coriander and mayo. I remember it being juicy and absolutely delicious. Wishing it was back on the menu!
As it’s now well and truly Winter, you can expect to see blankets for those sitting outside which is a nice touch.
I found staff to be very happy and pleasant to deal with. Both my mocha and food arrived quickly, and I was provided with tap water after sitting down. The cafe’s garden outside contains herbs and garnishes used throughout their dishes. The cafe is also open for dinner, which I haven’t yet managed to try. It’s BYO from 12pm.
Mocan and Green Grout can be found at 19 Marcus Clarke Street in New Acton. Open from 7am weekdays, from 8am Sundays, and for dinner Tuesday to Saturday.
Value for money 8/10
FPJ score 24.5/30
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