Today we had lunch at Cafe Vue Heidi. It is an interesting concept. For entree – we both had the mushroom risotto, an then the Pork cheek with radishes and Baby Snapper Meuniere for mains. Food was excellent. Service was slow and sloppy. A wine poured by the glass missed its mark and went over the table. Some of the wait staff were a little sloppily dressed with grubby shoes. The abbreviated wine list is very poor with quite a bizarre range of unfashionable wines by the glass. Champagne range was very weak indeed. I simply cannot understand how such well managed and well cooked food is allowed to be let down by poor service and a crap winelist. C’est la vie.
This new eatery is in a busy little precinct in Nicholson Street – parking may not be easy. Our first visit still catches Pope Joan in its early stages on opening. Coffee was a little inconsistent, Cream of Mushroom soup was superb, Rice pudding with poached fruits was a tiny serve – smaller than a kids size – but flavours were good. Toasted sandwich with pickled green tomatoes was good, but we thought the pickles were way too sharp and dominated the dish. There is potential here – we need to wait a few weeks to allow Pope Joan to establish itself. At the moment it rates 3 stars out of 6.
Pope Joan, 77-79 Nicholson Street. Brunswick East. www.popejoan.com.au