This breakfast & lunch cafe joint is a nice mix of rustic and homely all in one place. The interior is cute and small, but can seat a decent 20-40 people including outdoor seating. The Hardware Societe is located in a little lane way in the heart of Melbourne CBD, it definitely felt like a little treasure find. It was a bright and sunny day. Only just finished with one mid-semester test and an assignment and now it was time to go for our long earned break before the real study grind.
My friend and I were both hungry and looking for something decent to eat. I suggested we go hear after hearing many good reviews from friends and Urbanspoon, and I’m glad to say that we were not disappointed. The waitress was friendly and attentive, the menu is short but there are enough delectable meals available. We were given the lunch menu and I was craving for a pie so order the Beef and peppecorn pie while my friend had Confit duck. I loved the little quirky displays of rustic bread around the cafe in wooden boxes which made us feel that we were not really in the Melbourne CBD at all. The food was well portioned and satisfying. it was just right, and that’s how it should be. neither of us were fond of over stuffing ourselves with dodgy food at a rip off price.
Beef and peppercorn pie with a side serving of rocket (and fried spring onions lol…we found that weird)
Confit duck with sweet potato and greens.
The menu is slightly more pricey than your cheap eats, but within reason and worth it. Our meals were $18 each, and it was fresh and home made. I would definitely recommend this place to friends, as I will be coming back to try the confit duck and one day if we come early enough to try the breakfast menu. I really wanted to try their bacon and eggs breakfast spread.
Read more in my Hardware Societe revisited post.