After months of shuttered doors, Pope Joan is back, and it's reopening with a spicy bang. The brunch cafe is reopening with a special menu in collaboration with modern Indian diner Ish, available for six weeks only.
That means eggs three ways in the morning, all Indian-style – Kejriwal Bombay fried eggs with truffle cheddar on soy linseed toast; Punjabi Bhurji scrambled eggs with spiced chilli; and a Parsi omelette with spiced pork sausage and scamorza cheese on potato rosti.
For weekday lunch and Friday dinner, Pope Joan's signature Reuben remains untouched, but it's joined by newbies such as a Masala chicken sando; a kebab burger with Chapli beef and American cheese; vada pav or a deep-fried potato dumpling in a homemade milk bun; and fillet o' Ish – Amristari fried basa fillet with lettuce, cheese and dill pickles on a turmeric brioche bun.
There's also cured kingfish with pomegranate, dill and Indian crisps; a fried paneer salad; vegetable terrine with piccalilli; and gulab jamun, or fried dough of milk solids drenched in sweet syrup.
Drinks include a curated list of Fixation Brewery IPA's, with a brewer on-site every Friday evening to offer free tastings of limited-edition brews, plus happy hour specials.
Pope Joan is open from 7am to 4pm, Mondays to Thursdays and from 7am till late on Fridays.