A Girl Called Jayne has opened in the former Turtle Café in Melbourne’s Elwood.

Owner Anthony Cannan and venue manager Yannick Beaucaine are focused on offering fresh, seasonal Victorian produce and coffee with regular single origin guest roasters from across the country.

Beaucaine has drawn on his extensive experience in top French restaurants, Le Jules Verne and Chateau des Avenieres, and more locally at Noir, to design the new venue’s offering.

“My aim with A Girl Called Jayne is to consistently excel in the dining experience from arrival to departure, including delivering high quality product, service and overall ambiance,” says Beaucaine.

Breakfast items include brulée French toast, with maple crème brûlée on challah bread French toast and seasonal fruits; and butternut pumpkin hummus, skin-on roasted Japanese pumpkin, roasted seeds and ajitsuke tamago (marinated egg).

The lunch menu will feature dishes such as the chicken katsu burger, with crispy fried chicken thighs, shredded cabbage, daikon pickles, Japanese mayonnaise and tonkatsu sauce alongside a roster of daily specials.

On the drinks list are cocktails like the ‘Not just Aperol spritz’, with strawberry infused Aperol, Prosecco, soda, basil leaf and cracked pepper and the ‘An apple a day’ with fresh pressed apple with a choice of rum, whisky, gin or vodka, fig and cinnamon bitters, agave and lime.

Cannan has built and designed A Girl Called Jayne in collaboration with architect Oliver Duff, with the former Turtle Café  in mind.

“Our goal is to evoke a clean, simple fit out that allows us to showcase the beautiful, iconic period building that has epitomised Elwood’s hospitality and retail strip for decades,” explains Cannan.


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