My Son, Joy
The space that formerly housed burger joint Big Huey’s Diner – run by Australia’s king of suspenders Iain ''Huey'' Hewitson – took quite a different direction when Neale White, chef-owner of Papa Goose and Annabel McKay (who helped set up George Calombaris’s Jimmy Grants moved in in March 2017.
My Son, Joy is a spacious 100-seat daytime-only diner located opposite South Melbourne Market. Unlike its predecessor, there aren't any burgers on the menu. Instead, it’s full of good fats, nutrient-dense dishes, good produce and low carbs (apart from croissants and house-baked sourdough). McKay and White enlisted the help of White’s nutritionist partner when conceiving the menu, which is focused on contemporary British-style food.
Mains include a Flinders Island lamb that’s braised for three hours and served with carrots, peas, mint, wild rice and salsa verde. A Tasmanian ox fillet tartare comes with charred brussel sprout leaves, fermented radish, crispy chicken skin and White’s own horseradish mayonnaise, which he makes with Kalaparee olive oil and eggs from Kiss & Run farm, north of Bendigo.
The all-day breakfast menu includes dishes such as house-made chargrilled sourdough, avocado, fermented daikon and mixed herbs, and soft-boiled eggs with grilled asparagus and Grana Padano, mayonnaise, spring onions and goat’s cheese.
On the drinks list you’ll find pressed juices and smoothies, as well a Victorian-only wine list, and several Australian gins.