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The world will never be short of people with sugar cravings, so it’s a no brainer that Johnny Pump blew up when it launched the original “dessert shake” in July 2015. Since then the eatery hasn’t been able to keep the crowds away, and it’s not only the mouthwatering milkshakes that has Melburnians running back for more.

Owner, Peter Galt, is no stranger to the culinary scene, having been a chef for more than 20 years, and worked all over the world in 5-star resorts and restaurants. Peter followed Melbourne’s food trends for some time before he finally ventured on his first solo project, an American/Brooklyn style eatery. After seeing a massive gap in the food market, Peter became a trailblazer of his own with the first loaded milkshake that soon began popping up in cafes all around Melbourne.

Johnny Pump is American slang for a fire hydrant – which is perfect as one adorns the footpath dining area. The Victorian style building boasts a huge oak tree that comes into full foliage in springtime, creating the perfect spot to spend some time enjoying the guilty pleasures on offer.

While people travel near and far for the ultimate sugary beverage the dining menu by Head Chef, Vince Acroraci, makes for a pretty tough decision on what to order. Vince and Peter even venture to the Queen Victoria Market to source the finest meat and seafood, as quality and consistency is essential to the pair.

Diners are sure to experience the American dream with delicious options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu changes according to the seasons and latest food trends, ensuring what appears on your plate is both fresh and just what you’re craving.

If you’re lucky you can start your morning with Brooklyn baked eggs, or keep the sweet treats rolling with the New York style waffles or ricotta pancakes. When the lunchtime cravings begin to set in go for something like the spaghetti meatballs, Jersey honey grilled chicken salad or the Wagyu lunch beef burger.

If you can’t make the daytime rush then head in for a dinner feast, where you are spoilt for choice with a pasta bar. Offerings might include three cheese gnocchi or five-hour slow-cooked braised beef penne ragu. Not everything at Johnny Pump is about eating yourself silly as there are lighter options available with a tapas menu on hand including choices such as saganaki and grilled calamari.

If the eatery wasn’t irresistible enough, Johnny Pump is also fully licensed so why not pair a delicious meal with a glass of bubbles.

Of course you can’t look past the incomparable milkshakes that give Willy Wonka a run for his money. The construction of these popular beverages is genius. Think of any delicious dessert, such as a brownie or cheesecake, and then add it to the top of a flavoured milkshake.

At Johnny Pump one thing is certain – you will never leave hungry. So for the finest produce and scrumptious food, it’s the perfect place to treat yourself to a little (or big) slice of indulgence.

Locate Johnny Pump

87 Fletcher St, Essendon VIC


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