120 Hardware St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
(03) 9078 5992
The other morning, Bf-B and I ventured into the city early before work to grab breakfast. I’d visited Hardware Societe a few times already with my friend Miss H, and was keen to share my discovery with Bf-B.
Not that I am the first to discover the delights of Hardware Societe. There is already a dedicated following of the tiny French cafe, located on Hardware Street up at the Melbourne Central end of town. Ranked the #1 restaurant on Urbanspoon, from my few visits it’s not hard to see why the place is so popular: the coffee is good, the food is good, the staff are friendly and the surroundings are bright and happy.
A stencilled birdcage on the front window brings a smile to my face as Bf-B and I arrive at 8am one Thursday morning. We are given a seat at the bench next to the kitchen, giving us a great view of the chefs hard at work preparing our breakfast.
We order coffee (skinny latte for me, strong latte for him) and it arrives quickly, a tiny cinnamon doughnut served alongside makes a delicious sugary bonus. I’ve come to love these little treats..
As I read the menu, I instantly know what Bf-B will be ordering: fried eggs with jamon, rocket and manchego cheese, finished with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of paprika and served with olive bread ($15.00). When it arrives I instantly have food envy.
But mine doesn’t look too shabby either: creamy scrambled eggs with chorizo, served with a baguette filled with confit cherry tomatoes, rocket, and roast capsicum tapanade ($16.00). Do I even need to tell you how good it was?
If you are a fan of sweet breakfasts, the continental – poached fruit, granola, yoghurt and a crossiant for $14.00 – looks amazing. I’ve seen it go out a few times, but haven’t yet ordered it. I must also rave about the cocette eggs served with 3 slices of baguette with various toppings ($15.00) I’ve also had previously. A very nice way to start the day.
They also have a great looking sweets cabinet up front, filled with Noisette pastries and cakes, as well as a bunch of other homemade French delights.
I must admit, I haven’t yet been for Lunch but judging by the standard of the breakfasts I know it would be good.