118-120 Hardware St, Melbourne 9078 5992
Fried brioche, French earl grey tea and rosewater panna cotta, raspberries, meringue
Rather pricey for the size of the dish. Ordinary brioche, sweet chewy meringue, tart raspberries (that balanced out the sweetness of everything else), delightfully smooth and subtly flavoured panna cotta.
= Not bad
Confit duck, spiced orange cous cous, chestnuts, pomegranate, crispy root vegetables
Flavourless reheated duck, sour pomegranate, average cous cous
= Not bad
A bustling place that always has crowds of people waiting outside for a table (regardless of the weather). What impressed me the most was the staff organisation and teamwork. Everything ran very smoothly and service was quite fast considering how busy it was at the time. The décor was charming (butterfly wallpaper, quirky hanging lights) but the food was a let down. I’ve previously tried the baked eggs as well as the scrambled eggs, and found those dishes to be good but nothing I would ever crave. The Hardware Société isn’t on my favourite brunch places list, but kudos to them for remaining so popular for so long.