I first heard about ‘Major Major‘ at the start of last year when goodfood did a write up on the new digs. A photograph of a casual cafe filled with light wooden furniture against a white/beige background is usually enough for me to take a closer look (yes, I know it’s a pretty low bar). The bit of name dropping in the article didn’t hurt either.
As a result of my recent resolution to walk instead of take PT, I now often walk past Major Major in the morning and it always seems to be moderately busy and frequented by people enjoying a cuppa before work or an indulgent breakfast – even at 7am! Very impressive for a cafe at the quiet end of Smith Street and (currently) surrounded by construction.
I was a little surprised when I showed up at midday on Saturday that Major Major was not even half filled. But ideally your local brunch spot should be good, but not too well known so that you can sleep easy assured of its accessibility. So, it was not a major buzzkill (Major Buzzkill – salute!)
I ordered the broad bean smash with feta and pine nuts with poached eggs on toast. My brunch companion ordered the tomato, cheese and bacon toastie.
A bit of history on the broad bean as a culinary ingredient – Interest in broad beans really took off after the episode of ‘Jamie at Home’ (where Jamie Oliver whipped up a few dishes using broad beans from his vege patch) aired on TV. Following that, many cafes started serving broad bean smash instead of the traditional avocado smash. It is now also commonly used in a few kinds of pasta dishes. True story.
Anyway..as if knowing that there is nothing people hate more than a stingy smear of spread on their toast in the morning, the broad bean smash at Major Major is a generous mound of bright green broad beans (smashed coarsely so that the whole and semi whole beans retain their delightful texture) served on a slice of lightly toasted sour dough. It also comes with two elegant (but big) quenelles of smooth feta, a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts and a lemon wedge. Very satisfying.
The toastie was only $11.50 and was very decently sized. Major Major usually serves it in a brioche bun but they had run out that day so sour dough it was.
All in all a pleasant experience. Though the menu is very limited and basic, the servings are generous. If you are looking for a quiet place on a lazy weekend, give Major Major a go.