[Melbourne] Many café hoppers venture to Hardware Street to The Hardware Société for its French toast and Baked Eggs, though one shouldn’t miss Hash Specialty Coffee a stone’s throw away.
The queue’s must longer at the former, but I think Hash Specialty Coffee is worth a try.
There is always that one other reason – their highly instagrammable Hot Chocolate with Fairy Floss.
Owned by Syed Mirraney and Ben Lou, the team aimed for a comfortable space, with private dining pods, a shared table, and mezzanine level.
Décor can be considered a little bit industrial and very hip, with white and black bricks at the counter, rustic style lights hanging from the ceiling, wooden tables with high chairs, hashtag light on the wall as well as some colourful artworks.
They have both indoor and outdoor seating.
So well, the crowd favourite is the Hot Chocolate (AUD7.00 SGD7.45) which is 85% Mork chocolate served with a cloud of fairy floss.
The chocolate is poured over the fairy floss, and you can watch it melt away.
To be honest, I think there is a bit of gimmicky element there, and the drink did get messy to consume when the sugary parts get all over the cup.
Hash also serves up a number of specialty dishes that use fresh local produce and toast from the Zeally Bay Organic Bakers.
Recommended items include Bircher Muesli with gluten free, dried fruit, paleo seeds, cranberries, almond milk and coconut yoghurt (AUD16.50, SGD17.57); Build Your Own Eggs served on sourdough or multigrain (AUD10.50, SGD11.18); Chorizo and Scallops (AUD20.50, SGD21.82) which has chorizo, seared scallops, white bean puree, fried egg, chilli and toasted sourdough; and Pork Benedict (AUD21.20).
For Lunch (since it is not far from the business area), there is the Beef Short Ribs (AUD23.50, SGD25.01) with house made bourbon barbeque sauce, grilled corn on the cob and onion rings; Pork and Mushroom Money Bag (AUD24 SGD, SGD24.84).
I had the Baked Eggs (AUD20, SGD20.70). While the portion seemed smaller than the average, I find that the Melbourne cafés get their brunch items right.
It came piping hot, and there were many elements within which excited the taste-buds from the peppery heat of the smoked jalapeno, pickled jalapenos which gave more depth of flavours, and chorizo for that cured saltiness.
They get their own blend of coffee specially roasted by Reverence Coffee Roasters, and the single origin range is changed every two weeks to keep things fresh.
Their Cold Brew (AUD5, SGD5.18) was excellent.
Customers in Melbourne love to try different coffees, so this is a big drawcard. And oh, they offer free sparkling water.
Hash Specialty Coffee and Roaster
113 Hardware Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Tel: +61 03 8529 0284
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 4:00pm (Mon – Fri), 8:00am – 4:00pm (Sat – Sun)
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