Duchess of Spotswood has always been on my radar, but I'm certain that it is on most people's places-to-go list if they haven't already visited. And if you haven't, don't delay any longer. Ms L and I made it our mission to cross the Westgate bridge for their Breakfast menu which they stop serving at 11.45am. Usually we meet up in the afternoon but we made it a special case to wake up early to cross the bridge; an effort which we were well rewarded for. We were led around to the back area of the cafe, with a cool breeze it was a lovely spot if you don't take into account the irritating flies which kept trying to sit on our food throughout our meal. For future reference, I think it's much wiser to wait for a table inside and avoid eating like us - with a fork in one hand and the other hand free to swat the flies away.
We ordered our drinks first and Ms L seemed very pleased with her long mac and it was just strong enough to wake her up.
It was too warm for a coffee so I decided to have a juice instead. The pineapple and mint juice sounded delightful and it was thirst-quenching, although it sounded better than it tasted.
I had a quick look through the menu but I had already decided what I wanted before arriving - the Duchess of pork. The pig's jowl was tender inside with a crisp exterior while the sunny side up eggs were perfectly cooked with a sprinkling of truffle sauce. I generally find that sometimes bread is too crispy and cuts into my mouth, but here, the bread was light and airy with a crunchy crust, perfect for mopping up the mixture of egg yolk and rich sauce.
Our breakfasts were accompanied by a disc of butter for our bread. We love ourselves some butter.
The back area of the cafe had a relaxed feel to it and plenty of little ones enjoyed running around the space.
Inside, the music gave the cafe a busier and energetic vibe. The cakes near the front could easily entice anyone into squeezing something extra into their stomachs.
Will I return? Yes, execution of food was fantastic and worth a return visit.
Duchess of Spotswood
87 Hudsons Road
Spotswood VIC 3015
(03) 9391 6016
Mon to Fri 7am - 3pm
Sat to Sun 8am - 4pm