We slept in today because we had a long day yesterday and met up for brunch at this (becoming) very popular cafe. We read that there’s a perpetual long queue here and it would be best to come early.
Luckily, it was a weekday morning, so we only had to queue for a short 15 minutes.
The cafe was not big with only about 4-5 tables on the inside and another 4-5 tables outside. We were assigned the alfresco seats and fortunately there were heaters around and it didn’t felt that cold but we had to keep our jackets on. 🙂
Everything looked good (while we were queueing and observing other people’s plates 🙂 ), but we had limited stomach spaces, so we could only try:
- Baked Eggs (Deux) (A$19): A signature of Hardware, this was hot and yummy, with all the flavours from the chorizo sausages, potatoes, piquillo peppers, queso mahon, toasted almonds, and aioli, infused after you give it a good stir.
- Croque Madame (A$21): A French toast sandwich with braised ham hock, minted pea béchamel, gruyère cheese, and fried eggs; hubby enjoyed this very much especially with the gooey cheese on the toast.
- Pork Belly & Fried Eggs (A$25): The delicious pork belly had crackling crispy skin and tender meat. The potato croquettas were filled with goodness and very flavourful! We were loving all the potato stuff in Melbourne so far 🙂 The egg yolks were runny!
- Lobster Benedict (A$26): The Brioche bun was sweet and yummy, with fresh lobster meat. The runny poached eggs and citrus hollandaise went well together.
- Calmer Sutra Chai Latte (A$5): Oohhh we loved this! Not overly milky or sweet, and we could taste the spices. In fact, this was the best cup of Chai latte we had in Melbourne.
- Latte (A$4): This was a lovely strong cup of latte.
- Cappuccino (A$4): JJ said this was not bad, but it turned cold real quickly!
Overall, the food and drinks were quite good. Service was quite pleasant, but they did clear plates very quickly, a subtle hint for customers to make way for the queuing crowd.