The name Exclesior Jones might sound reminiscent of the knights of medieval times but it infact takes its name from the previous names of the streets at the cafe’s junction.
This is a light filled corner cafe in Ashfield which is a cool spot that feels eclectic with its grid style mod art on the exterior walls and colourful indoor mural. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor space and it’s great to hear that the cafe does online reservations so can feel confident you won’t need to wait in line for hours.
We visited on a weekend and were impressed to see a huge all day dining menu with breakfast and lunch options as well as some weekend specials. Although we don’t have kids ourselves, I do note that they’ve got one of the best little kids menu with food variety, and healthy options too.
Kudos to the chef for creating an interesting menu whose scope reaches beyond açai and avo on toast, to an array of creative concoctiona, both savoury and sweet choices. There’s healthy bowls, and wonderful baked goods made in house. The meals all look like works of art and we can see the care and passion of this chef in each and very plate.
We begin with a cup of campos coffee, herbal tea and a few of their incredible house baked donuts. Undoubtedly some of the best around, for the dough was crispy outside, light and fluffy inside and filled with either lemon curd, caramel or chocolate custard! We tried all of them and it is hard to select our favourite. So we say try them all!
The front counter has a range of other treats like health bars, cookies and cake if you’re keen for a sweet bite. They also sell loaves of bread and pickled vegetables to go.
From the mains, we opt for a fresh broccolini bowl! The blanched and broccoli came with spinach and crispy chickpeas and the pomegranates provided a refreshing component to the dish. Flavoured with herbs, pickles, harissa dressing and a pumpkin hummus. I added a side of poached chicken. Not only beautifully presented, but it tasted amazing! Minus the chicken and it’s a vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dish.
The winter fritter bowl was also stunning, a plate sized fritter made with pea, corn, halloumi, smoked tomato labnah, winter herbs, pangratatto, pickled radish, poached egg. Light, super tasty and thoroughly recommended.
Personally I’m a sucker for a porridge when it’s on the menu. So, when I read they had one here, that also had to be selected. And, like the donuts, the porridge is one of the best I’ve had. Their 6 grain porridge was beautifully creamy, topped with poached rhubarb, crunchy muesli and a dollop of lavender cream. I would certainly order this again.
We were also sure to order the weekend special which we had admired from their Instagram feed, the Breakfast Ramen. This was house made Tonkotsu broth which was rich and flavourful, with house made noodles and a lovely charred chashu pork belly, shallots and bamboo shoot. This is a perfect meal for winter and we recommend it remain for while.
This is one of my favourite brunches in a long time and we’re so keen to return; theirs a momofuku bowl, open omelette, Mexi plate, amazing home made crumpets and waffles, amongst plenty of other choices which we need to try too. ￼
The staff here are the loveliest people and go out of their way to make an enjoyable and comfortable dining experience. We will be back soon.
139A Queen St, Ashfield NSW 2131
Tel: (02) 9799 3240