Last Minute Brunch at Hardware Societe - Melbourne

As long time residents of Perth, we were not aware of the impact the ANZAC Day Parade had on the roads and shops in the Melbourne CBD. So, Mr. T and I wandered around the CBD to realise many of the places we wanted to explore were shut. Fortunately for us, Hardware Societe was open and we were able to get seats without queuing! I call that, meant to be. 

I've visited Hardware Societe many years ago, but have forgotten just how adorable this cafe is. Luckily for us, we were seated on the bench in front of the kitchen, so we got to watch how all the dishes were plated. A show and breakfast!

Lobster Eggs Benedict ($26)

So, Mr. T decided to order the lobster eggs benedict following the advice of our waitress. This dish was certainly tasty, the hollandaise sauce was the right amount of tart and perfectly creamy. The lobster tasted light and fresh and went great with everything else. We did think the portion, especially for the price, was small. If you're looking for a hearty breakfast, this one is not for you!

Grebiche Trout ($25)

I ordered the grebiche trout. This dish, unlike the lobster benedict, was quite filling. The trout mixture was dense, creamy and tasty, it went great with the poached egg. The potato salad, on the other hand, was not creamy, which was great as it wasn't too heavy. 

Overall, I enjoyed my breakfast, but Mr. T was left wanting more, so I gave him some of mine! As I said we were able to watch how the dishes were plated from our table, and one dish we saw seemed tempting. It was the pork belly and fried eggs dish. As I can't say we'll be back anytime soon to try it, I highly recommend you guys to try it!

Ratings: /10
Food: 8
Value: 6
Atmosphere: 8
Service: 7.5
Overall: 7.4/10

Restaurant information

Hardware Societe
120 Hardware Street
Ph: (03) 9078 5992

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