White Mojo (Invited)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016 Sharon Halim 3 Comments

White Mojo is a brand new cafe, just a couple months old but it has created a substantial noise on Instagram. Mojo means influence, magical power or some kind of spell. Correlates more to positive magic rather than black magic.

Disclaimer this post contain my two visits to White Mojo. I went in with a friend of mine to White Mojo City to have a taste before I got invited to visit the Balwyn branch. The city store are white decorated with grey marbled hexagon tiles, mirror and wood strips. I love the high ceilings and big window even though I would like a little bit more of natural lighting. There's a combination of communal table, stool chair and private table for four. There are also some decor elements related to the mojo theme such as pictures of a skull on the wall, shiny bull's head and more.

The night after I went to city store, I got an email to visit their brand new Balywn cafe so I figure I would just combine the two post together to provide a long and comprehensive post for my readers. White Mojo Balwyn located opposite Palace cinemas with a fit out consistent with the CBD store, same furnitures, design with larger indoor and outdoor spaces and plenty of window for natural lighting. I personally prefer the Balwyn store. In terms of menu they also served the same dishes as CBD store.

Skinny Cappuccino ($4), Huang Ya - origin yellow tea from Punch garden Estate, Yunna, China ($6.5) and Doctor C - Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint Cold Pressed Juice ($7). The coffee was strong but a bit thin both in CBD and Balwyn store. The tea it self was soothing but a bit pricey and Doctor C has a strong flavour and bitter note at the end.

Eton Mess - organic natural yoghurt, seasonal berries, freeze dried berries, strawberry gel, spiced meringue, coconut gel ($16). This is a classic British dessert featuring strawberries and meringues but with the trend nowadays, they incorporate yoghurt and change it into a brunch dish. The taste was lovely, well balanced of sweet, sour as well as in texture but the portion was rather small for my appetite.

Pork Benedict - crispy skin pork benedict, green kale, poached egg, compressed pink lady apple, hollandaise and chorizo dust ($22). The pork benedict for me was quiet dissapointing, there are so many pork benedict outhere and it needed to be special. The pork meat was pretty render but bland, the pork crackling was stale and it just look very pale in presentation.

White Mojo Croissant Burger - croissant burger soft shell crab, pickled cucumber, chipotle mayonnaise and fried egg ($22). This is my favourite dish out of all and the most popular dish at White Mojo. It come as a total winner for me. The croissant was buttery and super crunchy and I'm not surprise since their pastries are from Brioche by Philip and Rustica. The soft shell crab was beautifully made, crunchy and very well seasoned. I would like more of the chipotle mayonnaise on the plate and top it of with a runny egg yolk in the middle. The only critics was I heard a lot of comment on their consistency in portion size.

Cauliflower Pannacotta - black pudding dust, Canadian scallop, crispy pancetta, 63 degree egg, dehydrated red onion, potato popcorn ($21). This is another popular dish at White Mojo just because of their smokey theatrics. I thought the aroma could be improve into something more delicious rather than just plain smoke. The flavour it self, for me it does not deliver. I love pannacotta and this is just a messy jelly like texture in the middle of a plate and it's way too creamy. What I love about this dish is the egg, well made and soft. The scallops were well cooked but the pancetta was tough to bite.

Mexican Mama Omelette - open omelette with capsicum, chilli, red onion, spinach, sweetcorn, avocado salsa ($20) and grilled salmon ($4). The omelette was a bit over cook but it has a punching flavour and I applaud them for the combination of ingredients. I do not recommend this dish if you can't handle spices or spicy food. It get's spicier with every bite.

Red Acai Bowl - acai pack, coconut warer, frozen yoghurt, bee pollen, honey seasonal berries, kiwi fruits and crushed pistachio, granolla, chia seed ($15). It was very presentable and attractive, fresh in taste and don't mind eating it again.

I visited on a weekday day time and there are only a couple of tables besides us, the service at the city store was disappointing, there are no smile at all, the food takes quite some time to show up and at the end they are rushing us out cause they are closing. They needed to be more attentive. In contrary, Balwyn store was really friendly, warm and attentive. Overall, I would definitely come back for the croissant burger.

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White MOJO Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Monday-Friday: 7am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8am-5pm

White Mojo Balwyn
182 Whitehorse Rd
Balwyn, VIC 3103


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