We put our names down on the waiting list with an approximate 20 minute to an hour's possible wait time and settled ourselves in for a coffee at Silo by Joost while we waited. Half an hour later, we ventured back to check our status in the queue and found our names had already been called so we were seated straight away at the bench looking into the food prep area.
Our coffees were ordered and came out with a tiny doughnut ball which was lovely and sweet but needed crispiness to be anything more than ordinary.
Long macchiato and a double ristretto flat white ($3.50 each)
With so many options for brunch, we were at a complete loss as to what we wanted to order. There is certainly something that will appeal to your taste buds, but the trouble is actually trying to decide between all the tasty sounding dishes. It was looking into the food prep area that made my decision when I saw the glossy scrambled eggs. They were seasoned well with herbs while the asparagus was charred and still crunchy and fresh. I didn't like the accompanying bread and would have preferred something toasted or crunchy but loved the salted smoked salmon and horseradish crème fraîche in conjunction with the eggs and asparagus.
Scrambled eggs with french earl grey tea cold smoked salmon, dill & horseradish crème fraîche, asparagus ($18)
Ms L was loving her baked eggs dish and insisted I have a taste. The combination of the chorizo, tomatoey base, cheese and runny egg yolk were divine with the crusty bread and she devoured the whole dish save for half a lone overcooked egg yolk which is inevitable in these kinds of dishes as they come out bubbling hot.
Baked eggs with chorizo sausage, cherry tomato & thyme salsa, almonds, pata de mulo ewes milk cheese ($16)
As expected, our brunch session at The Hardware Sociéte was very enjoyable with both service and food being excellent. I know that brunch is big in Melbourne and it seems like there is a new cafe opening every weekend but The Hardware Sociéte easily retains its popularity - keeping their customers coming back for more and making them wait for it too.
Will I return? Yes, the food is great although the huge crowds are discouraging.
118-120 Hardware Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9078 5992
Mon to Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 2:00 pm