From little things, big things grow….So the story goes with Dr Morse, a cafe/restaurant in Abbotsford that started out as a coffee window (dubbed Jr Morse) by Victoria Park station. It has now expanded into a spacious interior overlooked by an original 1930s mural advertising ‘Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills’ and a secluded beer garden.
The main kitchen opens for an early lunch late into night. In the daytime the one page menu is split into sandwiches, salads, meals and sweets.
On our lunchtime visit we ordered some fried chicken with slaw ($16) and an organic quinoa, avocado, pistachio, pomegranate, corn and egg Salad salad ($14) in an attempt at health.
The fried chicken was generous portions of crunchy, juicy chicken with a hint of Asian influence thanks to the accompanying salad of iceberg and coriander and mango chutney. (Note that it’s been removed from the new Spring menu – a tragedy!).
The colourful salad was really fun texturally, with lots of popping going on thanks to the corn and pomegranate seeds and crunchy quinoa.The egg was perfectly poached to just runny on the inside. A really filling dish on its own so I suggest sharing it and trying something else as well.
Deciding to throw healthiness out the window we opted for both choices on the dessert menu! The favourite was the squishy chocolate brioche pudding in a pool of salted caramel and creme fraiche ice cream ($12), a rich combination of gooey flavours heightened by the cool silkiness of the ice cream.
The cheesecake with lemon curd and rhubarb was more of a deconstructed affair, with a hemisphere of creamy cheese with a hint of tang, a swirl of lemon curd and cubes of pink rhubarb ($11).
Dr Morse is a great addition to Abbotsford on a part of Johnston Street where there’s not much choice in terms of good quality eating options. The food is fun and tasty and the service is friendly, making the place a great local hangout.