By Jo Rittey


It’s a sunny day and people are standing around outside the Jr Morse takeaway window clutching coffees and brown paper bags filled with tasty looking muffins and sandwiches. Inside, there’s funk soul playing and the fit out is all wood, exposed brick, tiles and really comfy seats.


Dr Morse is the result of three friends who embarked on a project without a fixed plan and came up with the goods anyway. Anth Daniel (owner of The Aviary and The Vic Bar), Jon Costelloe and Pete Walsh made the most of the bones of the old building down by Victoria Park station and during the demolition and then rebuild, just allowed it to assert its own personality.


The most impressive personality flavouring comes from the colourful 1900s mural on the wall inside advertising “Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills.” It’s uncertain what these pills were destined to cure, but there are plenty of other ‘cure-alls’ on offer both on the food menu and the drinks menu, which covers your needs form coffee through to cocktails with craft beers on tap as well.


Today was a small appetite day and the organic muesli bar “with all kinds of good bits and pieces that’ll keep you going all day” made by one of the baristas was perfect. On another day, the Asian slanted offerings sound delicious. The Dr Morse benedict with panko crumbed eggs and crispy roti and salmon rillettes is definitely worthy. Although it’d be a toss up with the Duck duck chop; egg pancakes with mushrooms, greens, crispy duck, roti chips and duck broth. Yum.


Dr Morse’s white coffees are made with 80% Ethiopia natural and 20% Ethiopia washed beans. Black coffees are made with weekly single origins.


There’s a great beer garden out the back and they’re open all day every day. Book yourself a Dr. Morse cure all today.




274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

9416 1005


Mon – Thurs 7am – 11pm

Fri 7am – 1am

Sat 8am – 1am

Sun 8am – 11pm

Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and needs good coffee to start her day. Armed with an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than roaming the streets of the northside in search of new and old food-related wonders.

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