The Table, Willow Glen San Jose - great brunch!
In search of a Melbourne-style cafe breakfast, this morning we tried the almost un-Googleable "The Table," a relatively new little place on the corner of Willow and Lincoln in downtown Willow Glen.
Nice! I give it a solid 8/10 judged by St. Kilda standards (trendy beachside suburb of Melb, featuring myriad magic cafes) - nice menu, prepared quite well (some slight seasoning issues), great service, and reasonably good espresso - a bit too dark a roast for my taste, but hey, this is America.
My (American) husband enjoyed his first Scotch egg, followed by a chewy caramelly monkey bread. My eggs benedict was served in a big slice of Acme green onion bread, with little holes cut out for the yolks to nestle in, very cute presentation. Good hollandaise, but there could have been a little more of it.
(An aside: why are American benedicts so often served with a big pile of potatoes? The muffin/bread usually carbs enough for me at breakfast.)
I didn't try the early libations, but the mint juleps and bloody marys both looked appetising.
We'll be back for lunch or dinner some time. Our choir (currently in summer hiatus) rehearses nearby, so if the dinner service is quick, perhaps we'll have a new go-to place.
re: Melanie Wong
Hmm, mostly avoiding the things that define a diner! Espresso coffee as default, a small, simple menu with interesting takes on classic brunch food, table service, local art on the walls...
I read recently that most Italian immigration to the US occurred before espresso machines were commonly available; and to Australia, after. So Australian cafes evolved with the coffee as central to the experience.