Bestie outings are rare and few these days as our schedules are so busy and hard to coincide but sometimes the stars align and we're off to indulge in good food. Hammer and Tong 412 is another café opening, fronted by Dennis Ferreira and Simon Ward who both have impressive backgrounds, set where The Brix previously stood. All interiors have mostly been retained with a few little vintage tweaks; it is a beautiful space with three segregated areas - we opted for the very back area which felt like a little hideaway room.
I loved the look and feel of the walkway outside the kitchen where you can perch on the stools and look out to the quintessential Fitzroy views of graffiti.
Coffees were both great and chugged down before they even had a chance to cool down.
The corn fritters had a great curry flavour however they were slightly doughy. The fresh elements - sour cream, chunks of avocado and snow pea leaves did well to lift from the heaviness of the corn fritters.
A simple yet well executed dish - there was a faint aroma of truffle and I loved the combination of the duck egg with the crispy buttery brioche and grilled asparagus, although I found some ends to be more on the woody and fibrous side.
We loved the look of the fizz and had to order a round to share. We fund the orangina fizz to be on the bitter side and later found out that the batch we received did not have sugar which they quickly rectified, as soon as they realised, with a new bottle. The Turkish delight was rose-scented and did not have much sweetness to it.
Our brunch at Hammer and Tong 412 was enjoyable with good food and fantastic company. Service was hospitable and friendly, with the little mishap with the non-sugared orangina fizz quickly fixed. We were much too bloated after our lunch to sample anything but I had my eye on the pancakes with blueberries and popping candy ice cream - it looks amazing! They also do dinner service three nights a week now with some tantalising dishes on their menu if brunching isn't your thing.
Will I return? Yes, I could see myself coming back if in the area.
Hammer and Tong 412
(Enter via Westgarth St)
Rear 412 Brunswick St
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Tues & Wed 7am - 4pm
Thurs & Fri 7am - late
Sat 8am - late
Sun 8am - 5pm