1. the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food.

Good Food, Good Mood was established after I realised how often I was asking myself the difficult question of "Where and what should we eat today?". The Melbourne food scene truly makes us spoilt for choice, so I am hoping my honest reviews can act as a guide for any occasion - from cheap eats to fine dining, to burgers and pizza on cheat days, to fresh and healthy on cutting days. Recommendations on places to try and review are always welcome, just leave a comment.

All photos are taken with my Samsung Note 4 or Sony NEX-F3 unless stated otherwise. Thanks for dropping by!

- Lisa Pizza xo

P.S. Shoutout to my friends and family who dine with me - thanks for not picking up your cutlery when the food comes out so I can take all my food photos... y'all know my camera eats first haha.

Jackson Dodds


Living in Melbourne can be a real pain in the buttox sometimes.
Because the weather is temperamental. One second it is sunny... nek minnit... it is pouring down rain (which makes me feel all agitated, especially when I don't carry around an umbrella to cover my newly washed/groomed hair).

Friday brunch was spent at Jackson Dodds, where we found love in a rainy place. The cosy little brunch corner is five minutes from my house, and has been there for two years. I discovered it today. Little did I know, that I had been MISSING OUT IN LIFE. 

The food was absolutely jaw dropping. Cheap prices, big portions and extremely friendly/fantastic hospitality. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to order. As you can see from the three page long clipboard (shown below), the menu varies from sourdough bread with eggs, to bagels, to muesli, to pancakes. Where do you even start?!!!

When I go to a cafe, I am usually content with a glass of water (or coffee/tea). But today I figured it would be nice to order a coffee to get me through the day. The girls ordered juice, iced coffees and I got a chai latte. The cinnamon really made my throat itchy, but the honey really blended all the flavours together. I don't understand how people do not enjoy the taste of chai. It's so exotic. I only recently tried a chai latte with SOY milk, and it was the best decision. I love soy milk, especially the sweet one you find in Asian grocery stores.

^ Loved the shadows of the bright/rare sunlight on the table.
^ MY MEAL: Jack's Breakfast  $15 with bacon $18
I cannot explain how delicious this meal was in words - so I'll just describe it with a song: omg
Omg omg omg. OMG!!! It was amazing, this photo does not even give justice to the fresh taste of the food. Poached eggs on sourdough toast. The sourdough toast was a bit annoying toward the end because it was hard to cut with a blunt knife. I ended up just picking it up with my hands and eating it caveman style. 
Other parts include avocado, grilled haloumi cheese (made from Goats cheese), spinach and rashers of BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Juicy juicy bacon. Yum yum.
Even though there was lemon and sweet tomato chutney on the side, there was no hollandaise sauce for the poached eggs. I was flabbergasted by this. And when I asked for some, he charged an extra $3 for it... are you kidding me?! That was probably the only downside to it, otherwise my meal was perf and left my waddling out of the cafe.

^ Chicken Waldorf Roll  $10
Just like Blair Waldorf's personality, this foccacia roll was a bit dry and unappealing to the tastebuds. I'm not too sure why it is even called a waldorf roll tbh. The filling tasted like tuna coleslaw mixed with a lot of mayo and chicken breast pieces. After the first bite, it was a little bit sickening. I wouldn't recommend you order this unless you really like foccacias. I only order foccacias when there are fries or salad served on the side, or else it would be way to hard to eat.

^ Sausage Omelette $15 with bacon $18
I'm not sure if the chefs used a frame to make the omelette, but it was awesome. The shape was rectangular and it although it was extremely eggy, it didn't have a sickening taste after the first bite. I wonder how many eggs they used to make the omelette THAT thick.
I will try and make it one day.

^ Great Northernn $17 with bacon $20
A great combination of chorizo sausage, tomatos, masssssive mushrooms, spinach, scrambled eggs and bacon. You cannot forget the bacon. The mushrooms were my favourite part of that dish because it was sweet and went really well with the eggs. Usually when I ordered scrambled eggs, it was just a small blob of egg which looked like they only used one egg. This place obviously doesn't hold back on their portions (which is a good thing, of course).

^ jacks breakfast with the addition of hollandaise sauce for my poached eggs. 
^ the light shades were teacups with saucers! creative!
^ written on the wall of the cafe. I didn't want to take a photo of the cooking/coffee making area because it was an open space and looked awkward. They're not joking though, the barista is free range and there is no wall between us and them. There is a kids table in the corner with toys and books. Definitely a place that is child friendly and warm.

Jackson Dodds
611 Gilbert Rd 

(03) 9471 1900


  1. If you ever want good brunch in south yarra I can defs help you out! Had the best big breakfast the other day at Kazbar for under $20! scambled eggs, spinach, mushrooms, beans, bacon, tomatoes omg in heaven!

    & serious? $3 for hollandaise sauce? :/


    1. Ahhhh thank you for that. Was it delicious??? I'm so jealous! You have everything at your disposal hehe. And YES they charged me extra, it was ridiculous!!!!!!!! I was so angry.