From the outside, Mr & Mrs Anderson looks like your regular Eastside haunt. A flat-white fortress with big bay windows, a few pendants lights hanging from the ceiling and hand painted Mexican tiles on the walls. But scratch beneath the surface and there’s some serious smarts going on in the kitchen.
It's been making a name for itself since it opened its doors in 2016, but now with a new head chef and updated menu, it's grabbing our attention once again. Emma Jeffrey, previously the Head Chef of Mammoth Cafe and Hammer and Tong, is amping up the innovation once again. She's got a reputation for some quirky food combos, but she's sticking with the Mr & Mrs Anderson tradition of using only the best produce, from local suppliers. With a twist, of course.
Now, stick with me when I tell you this—you've got to try the gourmet SPAM burger. That's right, that weird meat-in-a-tin that may bring back some childhood memories has made its comeback in the new signature dish of Mr & Mrs Anderson.
If you're not quite up to that yet, start with the scrambled eggs and confit habanero (slow-cooked chillies that are blended and folded into the egg before frying) queso fresco, gaujilo dust, fresh lime and a little salsa of corn, black beans, spring onion and coriander. If chilli scrambled is your thing, add this to your Brunch Bucket List pronto.
Mr & Mrs Anderson gets a lot of its produce from the owners’ Gippsland farm, and the menu changes seasonally. At the moment you'll find a succulent tumeric and Szechuan battered fish burger in a brioche bun, with pickled red cabbage, coriander, parsley kewpie mayo and triple cooked fries. That's right, triple.
Coffee comes courtesy of Axil Coffee Roasters, the tea from Chamellia, and there’s even a Vietnamese Phin Caf on the menu (a sort of slow-drip iced coffee, sweetened with condensed milk). Most of the dishes are vegan or vego friendly, but meat-eaters are still well-catered for.
For those with big appetites, the restaurant recommends the Eggs Benedict with leek and sage hollandaise, and a hand—pressed pork terrine. No one is leaving hungry after that one.
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