Just Open: White Mojo, Balwyn

White Mojo's cult croissant-burger.
White Mojo's cult croissant-burger. Photo: Pat Scala

Trend­-focused cafe guy Ben Luo (ex­-Hash Coffee Roasters) has shipped his Hardware Street cafe formula, White Mojo, and its soft-shell crab croissant burgers to Balwyn, opening at the base of ritzy apartment complex the Andalusian on Wednesday.

At 100 seats, it's bigger than the six-week-old CBD venue but it's more or less business as usual: blond wood panelled walls, hexagonal marble print tables and washed concrete floors.

White Mojo cafe in Balwyn.
White Mojo cafe in Balwyn. Photo: Supplied

Luo says it's intentionally 90 per cent the same as the city venue and he's brought over some key staff.

Head chef Jason Pribadi and his social media-­friendly menu have set up camp; think squid ink buns stuffed with maple pulled pork; cauliflower panna cotta; and a too­-pretty-­to­-eat compressed watermelon with gin and lime sorbet (hello, breakfast booze).

Head barista Jia Wang is in residence too, overseeing espresso coffee only (for now) and a roasting program for a single origin blend using green Sumatran beans.

Open Mon­-Fri 7am-­4pm; Sat­-Sun 8am­-5pm.

182­-184 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn