The Final Countdown

Posted On:27th May, 2018


After eight amazing years in our beloved Brunswick East community, we will be closing our doors on Sunday 24 June to make way for our humble little site to be developed into apartments. We have *loved* feeding your bellies and being part of your lives.

To mark the occasion and go out with a bang in our last month, we’re featuring a Daytime ‘favourites’ menu and bringing back a Nighttime dinner menu over four Friday evenings from Friday 1 June until Friday 22 June.


Friday 1 June to Sunday 24 June

Daytime opening hours:
Friday 1 June – Sunday 24 June, 7am – 3pm

Nighttime opening hours:
Fridays from 1 June – 22 June, 6pm till late
Nighttime bookings open now. Call 03 9388 8858

“I’m really looking forward to seeing customers, new and old, and thanking them for letting us cook them brekkie, lunch and dinner for the past near-decade” – Matt x.

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Our Daytime ‘favourites’ menu will feature rockin’ faves of our amazing customers and staff from over the years, including Pope’s Heuvos – Chorizo, poached egg, spiced beans, guacamole & piquillo pepper salsa; Pumpkin and haloumi tart with fried egg, crispy onion, grains, currants; Our ‘Kinda’ Full English – David’s bacon, English sausage, scrambled eggs & Joan’s baked beans.

Some of our regulars have eaten the same sandwich every week for eight years (!!!); so their fave sangas will, of course, be available: our award-winning The CornishThe KebabalonThe Pope Joan rollThe Reuben, and The Cuban.

Daytime menu:

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We’re shaking our Nighttime tail-feathers one last time, bringing back a special dinner menu on Friday nights in June. It’s Matt’s ode to some of the crazy-good producers he’s met (and hassled!) along the way.

Feast on local oysters with fig vinegar mignonette; Warialda Belted Galloway old cow, champ and watercress; Grilled Forrest Foods Otway shiitake with sesame brown rice risotto; and, everyone’s ol’ fav, the Milawa Chicken Kiev!

Nighttime menu:
To book your spot call Morgs on 03 9388 8858.

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Awww, just look at ’em! Talented, amazing, adorkable and simply the raddest – that about sums up the Pope Joan team 💜.

Love and thanks, of course, to our fearless, sexy-as leader Mr Wilkinson; head chef extraordinaire (hi Jake’s mum!) Jake; the smiliest manager with the best hair in town, Jimmy; and, our hip-hop love-merchant and events whiz, Morgan! As well as the entire PJ gang past and present.

From the bottom of all their hearts and ours, thank you to our beautiful community of customers and producers. Looking forward to seeing you in the next month to cry and laugh over a cold beer or Bloody Mary.

MFWF – Regional World’s Longest Lunch

Posted On:13th February, 2018


Fancy a road trip?

As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, you are invited to join Matt Wilkinson at Scrub Hill 1869 to salute food sovereignty with local farmers in Newlyn (between Daylesford and Ballarat).

It’s no secret that Matt Wilkinson’s obsession is with growing, sourcing and presenting the best tasting produce he can, and appreciates the importance of farmers and food producers to making his gastronomic plans a reality. When the lovely Jenni and Jennie from Scrub Hill 1869 approached us to be a part of the event, we jumped at the chance!

The menu is chock-a-block with the best produce the region has to offer; think cured meats from Salt Kitchen Charcuterie, the best veggies courtesy of Angelica Organic Farm, trout from Tuki Trout Farm and some plonk from Latta Vino……. just to name a few.the producers


Friday 16 March 2018

12:00 – 4:00pm | $148 per person
Regional Longest Lunch with Matt Wilkinson at Scrub Hill
Three-course feast with canapés of delicious dishes
Tickets include matched beverages from Latta Vino and Animus Distillery



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Pope Joan Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Posted On:1st December, 2017

Pope Joan will be open throughout the festive – New Year season as below

Saturday 23 Dec: 7am – 3pm

Sunday 24 Dec: 7am – 3pm

Monday 25 Dec: CLOSED

Tuesday 26 Dec: CLOSED

Wednesday 27 Dec: 7am – 3pm

Thursday 28 Dec: 7am-3pm

Friday 29 Dec: 7am-3pm

Saturday 30 Dec: 7am – 3pm

Sunday 31 Dec – Thursday 18 Jan – CLOSED


Pope Joan will be taking a break from New Years until the 18th of January with a re-open on the 19th of January.

Summer Camp Cookouts

Posted On:20th November, 2017



Dinners Tuesday to Friday from 6pm
~ Tuesday 5 December – Friday 22 December ~

Since last year’s Summer Camp Cookouts ended, you’ve been emailing, ringing and holding us up by the proverbial collar, screaming, “When you going to do this again?!” Well, we’ve listened (and been a bit scared not too) and the wait is over.

That’s right, Matt and the team are bringing back the BBQ and stoking the firepit, ready to serve up more seasonal dishes than you can poke a firestick at. Naturally, there will be awesome booze-y bits and bobs too.

Dine under the stars in our back garden (or inside if the weather’s gnarly) on the tippy top produce of the season. Think chicken parfait, local mussels with smoked tomato Romesco saucecalamari, lamb, smoked local seasonal veggies, and peach, lemon verbena and raspberry pie. You know the deal, though – if it’s not in season, you won’t find it on the menu. Speaking of menu, click here to have a sneak peak on what will be on offer.

Pope Joan’s Summer Camp Cookouts

Dinner from 6pm, Tuesday to Friday
Tuesday 5 December to Friday 22 December
In the garden at Pope Joan
77-79 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East

Bookings recommended ~ Walk-ins accepted
To nab your spot, give Morgan a hoo-roo: or 03 9388 8858.

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A dinner with Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Posted On:13th November, 2017


November last year, Matt was in Japan eating soybean ice cream and miso doughnuts for breakfast with Nancy Singleton Hachisu, one of the country’s most beloved chefs. They’d been introduced before in Oz by Michael at Fino Foods, and now Nancy was showing Matt the organic Yamaki Jozo’s farm outside of Tokyo — where soybeans become soy sauce and tofu, and rice turns miso. He’s never been quite the same since.

This month, Nancy and Matt are teaming up to cook a one-off sharing feast of epic Japanese proportions over an open flame in Pope Joan’s back garden. Think sake martini on arrival, moromi of Shoya on toast with carrot leaf cheese junket, sea urchin glazed flounderflowering greens in sake-soyschichimi chicken, and heaps more.

Plus, Matt’s called on of some of his favourite producers and chefs to help make this a truly exceptional evening: custom pickles from Sharon at The Fermentary; soybean ice cream from award-winning chef Jo Barrett of Oakridge; tofu from The Tofu Shop in Richmond; and, Biodynamic rice from Slater Farms.

Thursday 23 November 2017
6:30pm | $120 per person
Dinner with Nancy Singleton Hachisu
Four-course feast of epic dishes

*Books for Cooks will be selling copies of Nancy’s game-changing books, Preserving the Japanese Way and Japanese Farm Food on the evening and Nancy will be signing them.


Wilko says, “any crazy cook, stalker-person has to have Nancy’s Preserving the Japanese Way“. Right’o then…


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