I am so excited about this place I can't wait to blog about it! But then this means more people will know about it and it'll be crowded next time I visit (hmmmmmmm). It's ok, all good things are for sharing, right? :D I first heard about this place from my sister who had already been once, and she took us there again to treat us to a nice brunch. Yay, free food!
Hardware Societe is located in Melbourne CBD on 120 Hardware St and you definitely HAVE TO pay it a visit. This place has super awesome and friendly service and is beautifully decorated with a fun, quirky twist. I'll let the pictures do all the talking. We made the wise (well imho anyway) decision to sit at the bar as we could see the chefs hard at work and I love to watch food being prepared at cafes and restaurants. Plus, there's always the added excitement when you see your food being prepared!
And just below our benchtop.....a place to hang handbags! How AWESOME is this idea?
Moo moo cows
I also spotted cookbooks from Movida in the bookshelves (not pictured below), so yes, you guessed right- this cafe has a Spanish influence.
Urm, pardon my ignorance....but what is this thing? *shy face
Love the wall decal which looks like dripping paint- a nice complement to the hanging lightbulbs!
This looked so pretty in a corner by itself
Can you spot the cute chicken toppers? Great use of the cupcake stand too
Nice idea for a place to store magazines
Even the outside is nicely decorated, with a review board (I presume that's what it is based on the writing?) on the right
Ok, so now onto the food...yummmmmmm.
Could this be some sort of quiche?
Sister ordered tea just so we could get this cute teapot! We asked for an extra cup as there was too much tea so we had to share...and they generously gave us another teacup with a sugared donut and another pot of milk. How nice of them huh?
The coffee also came with a cute donut- this was a mocha and you have to pour it into the coffee cup which contains rich chocolate and give it a good stir (I think...I didn't have this)
The guy who took our orders was great and super friendly as well- which always makes an eating experience that much nicer. This is our food being prepared! *excited
I ordered the Bircher Muesli- topped with rhubarb and pistachio nuts (I can't remember what the fruit served with this dish is :( ). I loved the texture of the bircher muesli, but I definitely have to share if I order it again as it's too much for me to finish by myself.
Mom had this- I wanted to order this but no point getting two of the same dish. This was an omelette with duck confit, portobello mushrooms and chestnut paste. I reckon I'll order this next time as I didn't really get to taste it :D
The boy had the jamon and rocket baguette with scrambled eggs. The saltiness of the jamon went amazingly well with the rocket and creamy scrambled eggs. Because I love jamon, I will have to go back again to order this and have it all to myself! *greedy face
Sis ordered soft boiled eggs with 3 soldiers. I don't know what the toppings below are....so I guess I'll have to try this someday! Hahaha, looks like I'll have to keep going back to this place- just the way I planned ;) And I guess I'll just have to keep going back to try their lunch offerings too (word on the street is that this place is always packed during lunch)
On the way out as I was busy snapping away, the guy who took our orders asked, "Do you have a blog?" to which I answered, "Yes". So if you've found me, say hi! :D