What is arguably among the best cafes in Melbourne is The Hardware Société. My cherry on the icing is a pickle. But alas, they must step out of the dark some day. I dig a spoon into the pot and uncover layers of cheese, chorizo, tomato and other goodies and the predominant flavour is the garlicky chorizo. Finish with coffee or a pot of tea warmed with a hand-knitted cosy, served with a miniature Spanish doughnut.
Dine outside in the lane or sit at a communal table inside, and order an authentic paella. Is that how popular the cafe is? Capuchino and double whites are delicious. Both arrived promptly within 10 minutes of ordering and I really had to exercise self-restraint to grab a couple of photos before tucking in. After a blaze took out the café in 2012, their comeback story has simply led to an increasing number of locals and tourists alike sampling the quintessentially local brunch dishes on offer. The chai tea is made slightly sweetened and aromatic. Our meals were also served quickly. Sewing machine table So tell me Dear Reader, do you know of any quirky cafe, shop or restaurant names? Luckily, we were all tight to the point where sharing was second nature, and as such I was lucky enough to try most of the fare on the table.
We arrive and it is buzzing and full. But, before getting excited about shopping I had to feast. Narelle explains that she is used to waiting for him to take photographs so we have lucked out as far as Melbourne guides are concerned. It's strong in ginger and just the right amount of sweetness and is served flat with ice cubes in enamel mugs which we haven't seen in forever! Would be back for seconds and thirds. We gingerly finished the entire dish clean. The space is lively, inviting and very unpretentious. It also means moderation and not deprivation because food is, after all, one of life's best pleasures! Prices are in the high side.
It's pretty squeezy - when the front of house guy said are we ok down the back we said yes but he actually said are we ok on the bar which is a very narrow plank in a tiny nook. So far, this has been the best meal on this trip to Melbourne. Savoury tarts and empanadas change flavours daily and sit inside the light cabinet. An industrial feel that is balanced out by the warm colour of light it gives out The cafe is bare, but functional. A width of 0 indicates the element is not visible. This is a funky little cafe in one of Melbourne's many laneways.
Cut here street markings Random street art Before we know it, the ten minutes is up and we head back to the Hardware Societe where we take a seat at the end of a communal table. The interior is clean and bright and the space is small, but there are several tables out the front overlooking the lane to help with indoor overflow. The word is out because there is usually a queue but your wait is very we'll organised and you get an accurate estimate of waiting time so you can make a decision. When people in a city offer to show me their city, I am delighted. The tailor's room Stylish gent We loved this gentleman playing pick up sticks with a young girl too! However, with the exception of the waitress who first served us, the other waiters were relatively cold and unfriendly. Our mouths were watering as we looked over the menu and we placed our orders quite quickly.
The juiciness of the prawns complemented the pork belly meat, complete with perfectly matched peas and aioli sauce. There is also butter and regular white sugar in the centre of the table. Two thick square pieces of brioche were spread with Nutella and deep fried and then topped with sliced banana and chopped hazelnuts. A simple lesson here though: just check up on your name ever few minutes or so. Share tapas plates with drinks or go for the popular daily specials, maybe braised beef shoulder with roast parsnips and creamy mash, or the dessert special of fried brioche with strawberries.
The tea came in a nice big pot — not too fancy. Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company. All dishes were very fresh and super tasty, and food presentation was awesome. The wait can be as long as 90 minutes on weekends — so I felt lucky to be seated within 20 minutes. My empty stomach guided me straight to The Hardware Société, known for its hearty fare. Are you planning to take your beloved out for a romantic dinner? We ordered an Ice Chocolate which came with an Ice Cream not mentioned in the menu I think.
Well, in some places, at least. The offering is slightly left field with a strong nod to the presumable French roots of the café. Highly impressed with the food. From what I could see at 2. Let me start with the extremely attentive and friendly service, the wonderful street cafe setting, as well as the extensive menu of dishes that pretty much all sounded like the food gods had just created them in less than 7 days. A chirpy waitress who quickly explained the specials for the day, then served us. I was lucky to have arrived just before the lunchtime crowd and was quickly ushered to a sharing bar top table where you could watch the chefs go about their business.
We receive our copy of the menu and two words pop out at me: Fried. The duck leg confit, on the other hand, did not stand out as a special dish. The lady serving me was friendly and smiled a lot. We are stuffed from our brunch but we feel compelled to stay for a coffee. The salmon served on toasted bread. The Hardware Société is tucked away at the end of Hardware Street. Rather their breakfast turnover allows them to keep their lunch prices reasonable.