Sunday, April 21

Hardware Societe (Melbourne CBD, VIC)

We saved the best cafe of our trip for last, and it most definitely did not disappoint!  Hardware Societe, another laneway cafe in Melbourne on my fooding list, isn't quite a dime a dozen.  From its country-side ambience to its to-the-point yet cordial service - not to mention the food - this place serves up a delicious frenzy!  I have never seen two chefs in Australia working at such top speed...

There was quite the line when we arrived at Hardware Societe at around 10am, and though we did wait for a little bit in the chilly weather, the warm, moist banana bread made up for it!  The Banana and Coconut Loaf (15) was probably one of the best - if not the best - banana bread I've ever had, even though I don't like bananas that much.  Now that is saying something.  The bread had whole chunks of caramel banana in it, and although I don't think it added anything to it, it didn't take away either.  The salted caramel marscapone was the "cherry on top," moistening the bread further while adding some sweetness - making this dish a perfect 10!  The only downside?  Getting really full after finishing a whole loaf!

The Baked Eggs with Chorizo Sausage, Piquillo Pimento Sauce, Crunchy Almonds, and Queso de Cabra Goats Milk Cheese (17) was also delicious.  The dish was nice and steamy, making it a perfect breakfast item for a chilly morning!  The egg was baked and overly well done, which made it the perfect spread texture for the baguette that came with it.  The baguette was also fresh and crunchy, and not at all stale or scratchy - the main reason I typically don't like baguettes.  There are very few dishes I would ever order twice at a cafe - and Harware Societe has successfully created two!  I'd have to say - even I am quite impressed.

As for their latte - it wasn't anything outstanding, but the hot chocolate looked even better!  I was slightly envious of Jo's steamy pot of it...
Baked Eggs
Banana and Coconut Loaf

Latte
Hot Chocolate
Price: ~20AUD/person | $$
Rating: 4.5/5

Hardware Societe (Facebook)
118-120 Hardware St.
Melbourne, VIC 3000
#: (03) 9078-5992
The Hardware Societe on Urbanspoon

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