Stunning and spacious - Hobba is a mainstay of the Melbourne brunch scene. Always bustling and with some massive hype I had some pretty high expectations going in and it DEFINITELY delivered.
First off, I'm extremely thankful I went here with five of my favourite humans as there were plenty of dishes to try from an amazing looking menu! The variety between savoury and sweets and so many drinks to choose from! The decor was obviously warehouse chic in order to cater to the masses and the size required for its demand but Hobba even has a private function room out the back which we had the pleasure of using.
We started out with the Hobba Benedict (Slow cooked pulled ham hock, sourdough, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce) which I have to say was the lowlight of brunch. It was fairly average and lacked the inventiveness expected looking at the menu originally. Still edible and enjoyable - just no wow factor.
Next up on our feast were the Mushrooms (Potato galette, mushrooms, pistou, capsicum caviar). Had some pretty nice flavours though I put my finger on many of the elements or the flavours. A pretty large variety of mushrooms that added different flavours and a varying degree of soft textures. The dish could've done with some more defined crispiness though - with the exception of the deep fried enoki mushrooms that really picked thing up and kept me guessing what they were!
With a title like Best Seller Hobba Beer Battered Chips we couldn't not order them! We got these chips with oregano, feta and chipotle mayo. They were an absolute hit and were devoured in minutes. Strong resemblance to Schnitz chips with the addition of feta and oregano which added some new and fresh flavours. Well balanced and the perfect end to the savouries!
With the number of people we had to get two desserts (three if you count the double serving we got of hotcakes)! The Waffles (Chocolate & peanut butter waffles, Nutella ice cream, chocolate sauce, peanut brittle & macerated berries) and Hobba Hotcakes (Ricotta-filled & house spiced maple syrup, citrus & vanilla marscapone, seasonal berries & honeycomb) were both highlights of our meal. Both filled us up with their crispy goodness but damn those hotcakes - nothing can compare to a fluffy hotcake like this one. Both were extremely generous servings that had us split on which was our overall favourite!
Overall I'd recommend Hobba to anyone with a love for the hustle and bustle of brunch and the indecision of a great menu. Hobba is a stand out not only for its food but the environment it provides that epitomises Melbourne.
Presentation (5): 4
Taste (5): 3.5
Service (5): 4
Atmosphere (5): 4.5