We're over halfway through the year so I feel like it's safe to put this out there up front - Le Clec is 100% in the running for my favourite brunch spot this year! Beautiful, exemplary service and delicious food, read on if you want to hear about the amazing dishes on offer here.
This low key cafe in Hawthorn is not as loud and proud as its surrounding cafes but it is definitely a stand out when you walk in. A small front of house keeps you scratching your head but out the back there is a beautifully lit indoor area and a nice courtyard area too! It has a little bit of a fancy feel to it but I really enjoyed the vibes there and would highly encourage it as a nice chill and quiet place to hang with friends. The service is also extremely attentive and I would love to shout out our amazingly polite and kind server Darren. He talked to us and was extremely friendly! This was a great start to a visit that would only get better.
The dishes that followed the initial service only improved the experience. First up, the Sweet Potato Rosti (Confit field mushroom, mint pea puree, poached egg, porcini crumb, grilled haloumi) which was absolutely faultless. There was a little spice that I couldn't place but it complemented the freshness of the pea puree really well. The main element, the sweet potato rosti, was on the sweet side but the pop of halloumi really added some saltiness that again was a match made in heaven. A touch of mushroom brought some umami flavour which added some depth to the dish - there were so many well thought out flavours that made this dish perfect.
The Son-in-Law Benedict (Deep fried soft boil egg, smoked ham hock, tamarind glaze, hollandaise, fried shallot, sourdough) was good but not a show stopper. Most elements were really good...the son in law egg was a unique texture that I enjoyed, the pulled pork was perfectly cooked and the sauce was a great element to bring everything together. The main issues were that the bread was a bit tough and the egg was overcooked - missing the yolk lost a bit of the creaminess of the dish and the bread made it quite difficult to eat. Still enjoyable to eat...just not mind blowing.
The Truffle Scrambled Eggs really raised the game again with an overload of amazing flavours. There was no skimping on the truffle flavour in the egg at all which I really appreciated since I LOVE TRUFFLE. The rich buttery croissant and the mushroom really enhanced the flavour of the truffle and was just to die for. All it needed was some texture to top it off and boy did it have it with the addition of a hazelnut crumb that was crunchy and salty - cutting through the richness perfectly. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Last but not least was the Buttermilk Hot Cake (Yuzu curd, soft crisp meringue, orange maple, whipped chocolate ganache), dessert at its finest. The flavour of the pancake was quite creamy and butter combined with a fluffiness that made it a stand out pancake to me. Chocolate and citrus is a classic flavour combination so the yuzu and orange maple were great with the ganache. The fruit was also a great element that gave me a nice break from the carb overload. Overall a simple but great dish to end on.
Food tick. Service tick. My only advice is to get here before everyone else works out how amazing this little spot is! You won't regret heading here at all...I PROMISE!
Presentation (5): 5
Taste (5): 4.5
Service (5): 5
Atmosphere (5): 5