Hardware Societe was the first place we dined at properly when we went this time. We were absolutely starving as some of us had landed the night before and had a nice old tipsy time at Cookie (for their amazing prawns) and Rooftop Bar (my fav!) =P. By the time the others had landed it was time for lunch, and we didn't wanna go to fancy-pants places because as usual we were on a budget. And we also didn't wanna travel far for a good feed. Good thing for us, our hotel was pretty much surrounded by some pretty decent and well known eateries in Melbs - SCORE! All we had to do was walk a few minutes and we were outside this amazing (albeit packed) gem! This was the perfect place! Everything was like $15 and they were pretty good portion sizes! I have no pictures of the interior unfortunately but it was a really bright and cheerful, I really liked it's fresh homely feel. After reading a few blog posts it looks like the menu changes all the time. They don't have a website (surprise surprise) so again I'm gonna rely on my failing memory and creative spirit :).
|Grilled Chicken with Grilled Asparagus, Confit Garlic and Madeira Sauce|
|Lamb Pie with Couscous and Heirloom Tomatoes (so yummaay!!)|
|Pork Belly with Mashed Minted Peas, Poached Prawns and Spiced Jus|
|Seared Scallops (with what looks like a fennel salad and something else =P)|
|The cute little sugar bowl!|
Service was pretty good and accommodated us pretty well. It did take a while for the food to come out but we weren't fussed that much. It was worth it when it did arrive =D. Again after reading some blog reviews it seems that most people visit this place for breakfast or brunch, but I'm telling you it's well worth coming a bit later for lunch! Having said that I want to revisit this place for breakfast! I've seen pictures of their fried brioche with whipped salted caramel (featured on the latest edition of their breakfast menu) and I slobber all over the place =P.
The Hardware Societe
118-120 Hardware St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9078 5992