At Cafe John, everything from the falafel right down to the mayos and sauces is made from scratch. Expect breakfast classics such as Eggs Benedict, and bacon-and-egg burgers alongside more adventurous plates. The Johno-Miyaki is a vegetable pancake similar to okonomiyaki, criss-crossed with mayo and barbeque sauce, topped with a fried egg and served with a pickled-vegetable salad. A Korean-inspired dish of bulgogi-marinated beef (soy, sugar, pear juice) comes with kimchi, fresh cucumber, rice crackers and a crisp deep-fried whole egg.
At lunch you’ll find warm savoury scones flecked with kale, zucchini and seeds with cold butter on the side; house-made pies and tarts (maybe silverbeet, herb and marscapone); and toasted Woodfrog Bakery bread stuffed with chicken and watercress, or truffle and mushroom. There are also generous vegan salads you can un-vegan with the addition of sticky pork belly or hot-smoked salmon.
For a coffee supplier, beans come courtesy of Coffee Supreme. Otherwise there's a line-up of milkshakes which include caramel popcorn, Cherry Ripe and Blue Heaven.
The design here has the aesthetic of an Italian men’s club from the ‘70s. There's an intimate ambience – despite the high ceilings and large windows of the building. There are long, vintage-style tan leather seats along the walls, bold red terrazzo tabletops, and large indoor plants cutting through the natural light that sweeps in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Little retro nods include an old television, a Hookey board and an antique set of kitchen scales.