There’s a little bit of the country in Camberwell thanks to the opening of Juno and May. I was invited to go and check out the all day restaurant on busy Burke road. Chef and owner Henry Honner named Juno and May after the two cows he had as a child growing up on a farm. He draws on that country upbringing on Juno and May’s focus on produce.
Juno and May bridges the gap between a cafe and restaurant with an all day breakfast menu which turns into a more ambitious dinner menu. I went there with Meat-and-Three-Veg for lunch. The restaurant has a casual feel to it with an airy pale blue colour scheme and arched booths lining the walls.
Order the Juno burger ($20) and a shake and it feels a bit like you’re eating at an upmarket American diner. Our waiter says the burger is one of Melbourne’s best and it doesn’t disappoint. The bun is slightly sweet holding together crisp lettuce and tomato, a slick of mayo and a tender meat patty made with Wagyu beef. It comes with decent fries in one of those cute but slightly naff tiny wire baskets. The roast duck salad ($21) gives a glimpse of Juno and May’s more sophisticated dinner menu. The duck is coated in five spices and fried until crispy. Topped with an Asian slaw it’s finger licking good.
There’s a variety of cakes on offer during the day including a slightly dry chocolate version topped with a syringe of raspberry sauce. But the highlight (available both day and night) is “Henry’s favourite” ($14) a chocolate soft centred pudding. The pudding is served with chunks of English toffee and a scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream. It oozes rich chocolate sauce when you break it open: so good.
Juno and May is a relaxed family friendly place which offers a little bit of everything for local diners. Go for the burger and chocolate pudding during the day or step it up a notch in the evening with the $50 chef’s tasting menu.
Gourmet Chick was invited to review Juno and May.