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John Gorilla

$$ - $$$
Cafe, Australian
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49 Pearson Street | Brunswick West, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
07:30 - 16:00
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

I went to JG because it is only a walking distance from our place. We had a brunch there. The food is a ok. The coffee is not for my liking, but they serve baby cino so my toddler can have a drink similar to her parents.

Thank hastin h
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 November 2016

If only they put the effort into menu and not overcharging plus at least trying to be pleasant to customers that they put into the original styling? Thankfully there are plenty of alternatives in the area.

1 Thank Mick M
Melbourne, Australia
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816 reviews
519 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

It took me a while to make up my mind what to eat, as the vegetarian choices were meagre and the menu said: "no changes". Anyway, I was happy in the end. Perhaps the cafe is too hipster for me. At the next table a girl was discussing a band saying: "the word on the street..." and mentioning that they... More 

Thank platypus150
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81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

I love wandering up here whenever I am in Melbourne. The service is always good, the staff friendly and the coffee great!

1 Thank Danielle G
Singapore, Singapore
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

I really wanted to like this cafe as it was my local and so gave them quite a few opportunities but always left with that feeling of having over paid for something mediocre. The food menu is to be honest boring and over priced. The coffee is simply average, more symptomatic of a non descript bean rather than lack of... More 

Thank Lisa L
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

The food is a bit steep, but not totally unreasonable. You get what you pay for. Coffees are well-made and I can say with confidence that everything I have tried in my more than five visits has been exquisite.

1 Thank Neil H
Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016

Saw their post on facebook and as it was within walking distance had to go. Had the spicy cold herbal tea which was exactly what i needed before i got back on the booze. Great staff, quirky clientele. All round nice place.

Thank JoeA3
Oxfordshire, England
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229 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

Called here recently with grandson and family for breakfast but no high chairs provided! This may be a deliberate choice by the management, which is surprising given the breakfast/cafe culture in Melbourne and the way the majority of eating establishments cater for and welcome young children. Please make a note on your website if this is the case. So, we... More 

Thank Tricky49
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5 reviews
Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

Walking distance from my house, I'm frequent flyer at John Gorilla, and I am always looked after, friendly staff, great service. Only feedback would be variation with the menu, and the coffee is the not the best, but that's my personal opinion. If you are going for any reason go for the sweets, they are an absolute winner!

Thank Jessiep07
Alice Springs, Australia
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2015

We went with a couple families for breakfast on a Monday morning. Plenty of choices. I had French toast that had sesame seed icecream and blood orange wedges. Very unusual and very nice. All food was enjoyed by all. Coffee is great.

Thank Rosemary W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Australian
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49 Pearson Street | Brunswick West, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?