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Pope Joan
Modern Australian
  • 77-79 Nicholson st,
    Brunswick East,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9388 8858,
  • Lunch daily noon-3pm

    Dinner Mon-Fri 6pm-11.30pm

Pope Joan

"Kids welcome", the menu exclaims, and they come in droves during the breezy daytimes. But after dark Pope Joan slips into something more comfortable. Judicious lighting, bar nooks and fascinating décor - salvaged, vintage, industrial, upcycled, all cleverly blended - transform Joan into an engaging hostess of the evening. Matt Wilkinson comes to the party with a catholic menu that starts with snacks - perhaps punchy jalapeño and corn croquettes - and progresses to salads and entrées such as the terrific boarfish sashimi, with pickled, puréed, fried and steamed leeks. Larger dishes dance between cuisines, from chickpea masala to the hearty, homely goodness of a piping-hot chicken Kiev. Drinks cater to broad tastes, too, with a top range of beers, ciders and gins, and a Victorian-accented wine list. Desserts tend towards the daggy - but still memorable - likes of banoffee pie.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • Lunch $8-$20

    Dinner E $15-$19

    M $21-$29

    D $8-$18

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Matt Wilkinson, Jason Newton & Vanessa Mateus



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