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The Hardware Sociéte, Melbourne

13 Jun

Highlight Delectable CBD brunch spot

Lowlight – No bookings policy

Croque Madame

Croque Madame

Baked eggs with chorizo, tomatoes, spinach

Baked eggs with chorizo, tomatoes, spinach

FOOD?

To start off our day in the city we decided to grab some brekky before our full day of shopping. At first we attempted to visit Mr Tulk but unfortunately due to it being a Sunday it was closed. Hardware Societe was somewhat close so we decided to give that a go.

When we first approached I was weary about the patrons waiting outside but decided to put our name on the list anyway. The waitress informed us the wait would be around 10-15 minutes so we decided to wait it out since it was too cold to walk elsewhere. I ordered a coffee to keep me warm and by the time it arrived our table was ready.

I’m a fan of the Croque Monsier and Madame trend at cafes. My dining companion mentioned she had not tried one before so I encouraged her to give it a go. The toast was warm and crunchy filled with salmon and melted gruyere cheese topped with a glossy sunny-side up fried egg.

I tried the hearty baked eggs with lots of chorizo, tomatoes and spinach. It was the perfect hot meal for the first week of Winter. Just a few comments though, I know it adds to the taste but I would have preferred my bread without the drenching in olive oil. And there was probably a bit too much cooked egg yoke for my liking, it would have been nice if it were runnier to add to the dipping sauce.

SERVICE?

We were seated at the bar stools facing the small kitchen area and were surprised to see only two cooks churning out the meals. They were both very systematic in their processes and delivered the food efficiently.

AMBIENCE?

Cute bustling cafe that’s constantly full of people indulging in delicious food and deep conversation. Seats are situated quite close together so there is little space between tables allowing for sneaky eavesdropping. There’s also a large share table at the back of the room.

VALUE?

Very affordable and good value for money considering the city location.

BOOKINGS?

Bookings and credit cards are not accepted here. We waited around 10-15 minutes for our table on Sunday for brunch which I felt was quite reasonable.

8

out of 10!

The Hardware Societe
118-120 Hardware Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9078 5992

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Cafe Vue, Heide

2 Aug

Highlight – Perfectly poached eggs 

Lowlight – Coffee was served lukewarm

Spanish eggs en cocotte, tomato fondue and capsicum purée

Spanish eggs en cocotte, tomato fondue and capsicum purée

Smoked ocean trout, poached eggs, toasted brioche muffins, Hollandaise & watercress

Smoked ocean trout, poached eggs, toasted brioche muffins, Hollandaise & watercress

FOOD?

Well seasoned meals with vibrant colours were presented to us. To be honest, I haven’t had many ‘eggs en cocotte’ before but after having this at Cafe Vue I’ll definitely be ordering this more often. Another slice of bread would have been nice though to eat with the tomato and capsicum combination. Flavours were pleasing and everyone at our table polished their dishes off nicely.

Coffee was another story, they arrived lukewarm so I had to drink it pretty quick before it went cold. Also to note they do not have skim milk, only soy milk for those lactose intolerant.

SERVICE?

Yes, service was a bit of a let down probably due to the amount of staff to customer ratio. However it wasn’t all that bad and our group was too engrossed in conversation to care much.

AMBIENCE?

We arrived at 10am on a Sunday morning for breakfast. The cafe was already quite busy but still had a few tables free. Loved the floor to ceiling windows as it gives the vibe you are eating outdoors. Lots of chatter from a big mix of parties including families, couples and girlfriends.

VALUE?

Great value for money considering the prices (average around $15 or so).

BOOKINGS?

From the website it states that they do not take bookings unless ordering from the Menu Du Jour. We called a week in advance to confirm this and were told that we should be fine if we arrive at 10am. I was surprised at the amount of people already there when we arrived but we found a table with no troubles. By the time we left there was a line of people waiting to be seated. So just head in early if you’re planning to visit on the weekend!

7

out of 10!

Cafe Vue at Heide
Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105 

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Chez Olivier, Prahran

7 Jul

Highlight – Authentic French cuisine

Lowlight – Our mains were a bit of a let down

Onion soup with cheese gratine

Onion soup with cheese gratine

Duck leg confit with cider & Calvados sauce on pommes Sarladaises

Duck leg confit with cider & Calvados sauce on pommes Sarladaises

Self saucing, self indulging chocolate fondant

Self saucing, self indulging chocolate fondant

FOOD?

To kick off the night we began with the traditional French onion soup. It was everything you would expect and more! It probably increased my expectations for the mains which ended up being quite average. We chose the ‘Coq Au Vin’ and the ‘Duck Leg Confit’ as recommended by the waitress. There wasn’t anything in particular that was wrong with the dishes (although the duck was a tad dry), they just didn’t blow us away as expected by all the hype. Having said this, the dessert was amazing and most indulging! It was cooked to perfection – I would return here just for the chocolate fondant.

SERVICE?

All staff have charming French accents and add to the authenticity of the restaurant. They were welcoming and tentative.

AMBIENCE?

The restaurant is cozy and romantic with the two-seated tables lined up along the wall next to the bar. Even though the restaurant was at capacity it did not feel overly busy.

VALUE?

A little expensive but then again we did order three courses with drinks. Not light on the wallet but somewhat reasonable when you use the Entertainment Gold Card!

BOOKINGS?

Yes you will need to make a booking here, the restaurant is small and quite busy. We actually made a booking here about 3 years ago when Chez Olivier was first recommended by a friend. When we arrived on the night we were told our reservation had not been recorded and that the restaurant was booked for the night. We vowed never to return but after a few years we thought we’d give it another go (of course I double confirmed my booking this time).

7

out of 10!

Chez Olivier
121 Greville Street, Prahran VIC 3181
03 9525 2273 

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