Are you constantly trying to find ways to fit more into your weekend? If you want to be able to grab breakfast, do your fruit and vege shopping AND find something quick and easy for dinner tonight then Blood Orange in Hawthorn’s east is just the place for you.
The Blood Orange story began in Port Douglas in 2007 when chef and co-owner Rebecca Nelson opened a retail outlet out the front of her father’s wholesale fruit and vege business, Port Produce. Offering a range of grocery items including many unique and local artisan items, it was here Nelson began to develop her signature Blood Orange Preserves Range – a collection of hand crafted jams, chutneys and sauces. After selling the businesses in late 2013 the family relocated to Melbourne and reopened on Burwood rd, Hawthorn East.
Owners Rebecca Nelson (Chef), Caroline Raffaele and Connie Dobbin have encompassed much of what made the Port Douglas set up great into their Hawthorn site, taking it to the next level by adding a cafe to showcase the produce on offer. Located in the fabulous corner site of a grand old Victorian Building, the store echoes back to the days of the friendly corner store and milk bars of the past, with plenty of blond timber and natural light to keep it modern. Katie Wain and Peter Gionfriddo were entrusted to execute the vision for Blood Orange, and through their clever use of joinery and fixtures have divided the space into clearly defined areas of the foodstore, fresh fruit and vege, and cafe.
The menu is perfectly tailored to the Melbourne crowd, with staples like homemade granola or smashed avocado and feta. There’s also a few unique additions to keep patrons coming back, like the chia porridge (a personal favourite) or the potato rosti with smoked salmon, avocado and hollandaise.
The talented team in the kitchen are not only serving up some excellent meals for breakfast and lunch, but also a range of take home meals, salads, dips, pies, cakes and of course the Blood Orange Preserves that are currently only available to buy in store (though they are looking to expand into other venues this year). The range is bottled by hand, contains no preservatives or additives, and include flavours such as Mango Chilli Chutney, Pineapple Coconut Jam, Raspberry Coconut Sauce, Blood Orange Marmalade, Spiced Fig Jam and Tomato Pineapple & Chilli Sauce.
If you are too busy to cook yourself, the range of ready made meals includes family favourites such as meatballs, lasagne, curries, pies and Syrian chicken that are perfect if you just don’t have the time to cook yourself. Otherwise grab one of their fresh salads or wraps to eat on the go.
While it’s said that a jack of all trades is a master of none, it’s clear Blood Orange is an exception to the rule. Cafe, greengrocer, deli, providore, foodstore, et al; these guys do a damn good job at it all.
661 Burwood Rd
Hawthorn East, VIC 3123
(03) 9813 0060