Jack B. Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maribyrnong. Phone: 9317 9792
The Mitchell Avenue shops are tucked away and no doubt of little interest to the traffic hordes scooting by on Ballarat Road and Churchill Avenue.
But there is quite a lot of residential in the area, including a bunch of students.
So it figures that cafe could and should do well on the strip, joining Los Latinos, a Vietnamese place and a South American bakery.
Jack B. Nimble is that cafe, replacing a long disused bakery.
Jack is all done out in light wood and is a sweet place for lunch.
The longish breakfast list (see menu below) features all sorts of imaginative line-ups starring such ingredients as house-smoked fish, grilled asparagus, white pudding and cauliflour.
The lunch roll-out is much briefer – just a daily salad, two sandwiches and a pasta as on the blackboard.
So … we each choose one of the sandwiches at a fine $10 each.
A side of the salad can be had with sanger for $4.
We’re tempted as the mixed grain number on display looks fine – but the presence of pumpkin makes it a non-starter for us.
Bennie’s roast beef with caramelised onions, sacmorza (a cow milk cheese) and tomato relish is a good one.
The beef is rare and the cheese is gooey.
But my number with fish cakes, kale, cucumber and tartare is way better.
This is a superb sandwich.
It looks of modest proportions but has quite a hefty feel.
All the ingredients – including crisp-crumbed, delicately seasoned fish cakes and creamy tartare – sing in harmony.
Yes, even including the chewy kale.
From the baked finery on the front counter, we choose to share an apple, nectarine and apricot muffin ($4).
It, too, is superb – more in your decadent cake department, moist and delicious.
Very good coffees round out a lovely lunch.