In the Old Testament, Jethro was the father-in-law of Moses. In Hebrew, it means excellence. In Richmond, Jethro is a brand new eatery. The couple that opened this inviting space, Bill and Sara Zarbos, originally planned to name their first son Jethro. Turns out they had a girl, hence decided to christen their first café with the name.
Since getting the keys a year ago, they’ve worked hard to turn the former medical centre into a modern yet industrial space, with exposed brick walls, dotted greenery, and warm lighting. They’ve brought veteran cafe manager and barista, Tara Cairnduff, along for the journey to ensure operations run as smoothly as the Wide Open Road coffee that runs through the La Marzocco Linea. Both espresso and filter options are available, with rotating single origin beans. They even have camel milk as an alternative to the standard dairy milk. Now if that wasn’t an impressive enough point of difference in this cafe dense area; the Jethro crew even make their own lemonade, and cola; and grate top deck chocolate over their iced lattes. Being a traditionalist, i went for a long black in the Kenyan Mwira. This washed peaberry varietal delivered a delightfully sweet cup, with stewed berry tones, and a smooth finish. The batch brew was made using a washed Honduran from the El Moral farm in San Juan. It’s tasting notes reminded me of chocolate cake.
Paul Davies is heading up the kitchen, and I first met this legendary chef at Merchants Guild in Bentleigh, where he made an art of serving flavour infused foods, based on simple ingredients. His all day menu features Waffles in burnt maple cream, roasted pear, honeyjoy crumble with cereal milk pannacotta; Smoked trout with crispy capers, fried eggs, kumara potato, and sweet pea pesto; Chilli dogs; and Lamb Schnitzel with cabbage, apple, and macadamia slaw. Theres also a rather interesting option with crawling critters- Vietnamese roasted cricket salad. It seems society is consuming insects as an alternative source of protein in an attempt to be environmentally friendly. In an area like Burnley, i’m sure sustainable eating habits may soon become a norm.
387 Burnley St
Richmond VIC 3121