the hardware société, melbourne cbd

if you’ve read my post on silo by joost, you’ll know that the hardware société has been on my wishlist for a little while. i’ve been attending a training course in the city the last couple of days, so thought that this morning i would get in a little bit early and (finally!) give it a try.

the great thing about heading there on a weekday and only a few minutes after they opened, was that unlike the last time when the line-up was well down hardware st, i walked straight into a lovely spot on the bench. the hardware société has a great feel! lovely soft lighting, a wall covered in pretty butterfly wallpaper. i love the hanging lights and the wall of teacups behind the counter. i’m sure when the place is packed, the atmosphere would be very different, but i was particularly enjoying the quiet and relaxed feel this morning before i headed off for a day of intense training.

hardware société
hardware société
the hardware société
the hardware société
latte, hardware société
latte, hardware société

the coffee was excellent. creamy texture and lovely flavour. and served with a cute and tasty little donut ball on the side.

baked eggs with ratatouille. there are two baked eggs options on the menu – served with a vegetarian ratatouille or spanish chorizo. this morning i went for the vegetarian option and it was delicious! eggs were beautifully cooked, and the eggplant, tomato and spinach added a lovely flavour. after skipping dinner the night before, i could’ve eaten two in a heartbeat!

baked eggs, hardware société
baked eggs, hardware société
hardware société
hardware société
cakes, hardware société
cakes, hardware société

the service was excellent this morning – staff were friendly, engaging and quick to take my order. i love the little cake display at the counter, and am looking forward to coming back again to try some other dishes and a cake or two!

verdict: loved!
find: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/71/1474868/restaurant/CBD/The-Hardware-Societe-Melbourne

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