Hardware Societe - Melbourne CBD
|A surprisingly delightful wall of elegant butterflies hides around the inside.|
So is it worth the effort to make it in at last into the Societe? The coffee is satisfying, as it should be.
Seasonal produce is emphasised here and so gives a bit of kick to the menu. There is an Euro layer over the modern Aussie breakfast. It provides for gluten free requirements, but do read the details below some interesting named items. It is open everyday from 730am-ish till early arvo. There are Spanish, French, savoury and sweet themes in your choices. There are both indoor and outdoor seating. Service is mostly focused, with staff speaking professionally, although at times the food can take more than the usual wait time (hey, the kitchen area is not large). I did notice that my deep fried roast chicken was a bit off that morning, but otherwise the staff were good despite the market crowd conditions. I adored the taste of my hard boiled eggs and the avocado spread on my bread. The Societe can be akin to a warm gathering of school alumni members, each connected with their appreciation and love of food with Mediterranean influences and quality Australian ingredients. Whether they are cold meats, vegetarian, marinated pickles, meringue, good old bacon or fancy garnishing, the Societe blends them into creative offerings.
|More lunch than brunch - the big breakky board.|
The Society obviously values turnover. You go there in the midst of a busy schedule. Even when friends catch up I notice a sense of urgency, you are not there to delve over your refined chocolate for hours. This is a rare place that is not totally ethnic cuisine, yet not the usual big breakfast from home. Therein lies the charm of the Hardware Societe, despite its occasional blips, people still have good perceptions and actual experiences of having something unique. A Melbourne city lane life. The kind of people who gather there. All theses, in addition to the menu.
|Counter position can be best if you want a more quiet ambiance, as tables can be packed together and you can watch the kitchen staff at work.|