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HOT: A Girl Called Jayne, 34 Glen Huntly Road, Elwood

A Girl Called Jayne is an expansive cafe in Elwood serving up modern Australian food with a twist. Plain Jane it’s not!

It holds prime position within pretty Elwood Village, sitting on the intersection of the two main streets at Ormond Rd and Glen Huntly Road.

Inside the interior is all cool grey/blues, deep black accents, and wood, highlighting the gorgeous 1920s Art Deco windows framing the tall glass-covered street frontage.

I am invited to sample the menu, which focuses on Australian seasonal produce with influences from around the world. The main thing to note is that servings are HUGE! And the high-quality food is all at an affordable price.

For families there’s plenty of space for a pram, inside and out, and high chairs are available. The single toilet is out the back and very small so you might be able to park a pram outside the door but not do much else.

There is a small children’s menu with two dishes for $10 but I think most of the menu is suitable for kids. Breakfast is served all day, lunch from 11:30am.

We try the calamari with Asian slaw, Gribiche sauce and grilled lime ($15) with a side of fries ($4). There is so much calamari buried within the slaw that Baby 2.0 and I play a game of hide-and-seek finding the morsels. The side of fries is pretty unexciting and not necessary given the size of the calamari dish.

The Shredded Lamb Salad is almost double the size of what I’d expect for $21. It features 18hr lamb heaped on top of a mixture of rocket, quinoa, carrot hummus, pomegranate, dukkah and mint yoghurt. It’s a riot of textures and colours and it’s delicious.

The food is accompanied by a filling and delicious peanut butter smoothie for me and a frothy vanilla milkshake for Baby 2.0. Coffee is made with Code Black Coffee beans.

There is so much food that we take half of it home and it is just as good the next day tossed through some baby spinach leaves.

A Girl Called Jayne is worth a try if you’re in the area as it offers quality food and drinks to Elwood locals. The standard of the menu belies its suburban location and its corner vantage point is pleasant and relaxed.

HOT Tips:

  • Pram access;
  • High chairs;
  • Outdoor seating;
  • Small children’s menu;
  • Standard menu suitable for kids; and
  • Single toilet is very small, will not fit a pram.

A Girl Called Jayne , 34 Glen Huntly Road, Elwood  (03) 9602 4968

Mon – Sun | 7am – 4pm

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Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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