Returning to the scene of the crime - the crime being my AMAZING engagement party. It was only fitting it was at a suitably BEAUTIFUL brunch venue. Hawthorn Common has all the look but what about the food?!
I came in on a relatively busy Saturday morning so I'll be honest - service was a little slow and food did take 30 mins +. Upside though was that staff were quite friendly and for a table of 6 we were seated quite quickly. Apart from service the space is top notch for a brunch spot with lots of light, a massive deck and decorated simply but modern.
The food though...how was it? First up was The Frenchy (Croque monsieur, leg ham, wild boar salami, aged cheddar, bocconccini, tomato, gravy) which was GREAT. Your average croque monsieur will have your standard cheese, ham and cream - but this took it to the next level. The gravy brings all the elements together with it being light enough to still let flavours shine but also cut through the acidity of the tomatoes. On the tomatoes, also not a usual culprit in this dish but the freshness was appreciated and was a pop of colour on the plate. OMG SO MUCH CHEESE = LOVE. And damn those crispy edges of the bread. A textural explosion on a plate!
Dessert was the Pancakes (Lemon curd, pistachio praline, maple syrup, ice cream) which was....average. Almost slightly disappointingly so after the croque monsieur. Pancakes were very fluffy and thick but came up a little dry which would've fixed with a bit more of a heavy hand on the syrup - there wasn't much on the plate. Lemon curd was ok but a bit too sour and could've done with a cream rather than an ice cream to balance it.
Come here for the beauty and the fantastic atmosphere and buzz. This isn't your usual brunch stop and you can feel it the moment you enter. Quiet and unassuming from outside but wow factor on the inside. Take a visit and see it for yourself!
Presentation (5): 4.5
Taste (5): 4
Service (5): 4
Atmosphere (5): 5