Hardware Societe is definitely one of the best cafes I’ve been to!
My friends and I woke up extra early just to make sure we were early enough to get a spot. In fact we were 15 minutes early so we were standing outside in 10degree weather half asleep just so we could try the food here!
Hardware Societe is located in Hardware Lane in Melbourne CBD and it’s tucked away nicely in an alleyway. With the vibrant interior décor and warmhearted outdoor seats, you feel the warmest welcome when you step into this café.
We were greeted by very friendly staff and opted for a table inside. Of course, I ordered my usual cup of latte. I’ve heard many great things about Hardware Societe – amazing food, amazing coffee, amazing everything! However, I didn’t want to have super high expectations was felt pretty neutral about coming here all the way from Brisbane.
The latte was very smooth – perfect for the weather that morning! It also came with a little cinnamon doughnut which complimented the coffee blend very well!
Hardware Societe definitely made my day with some exciting savoury creations!
Baked Eggs with chorizo sausage, paprika, spiced tomato concasse and milk cheese.
Served in a cocotte with dipping sourdough, appearance wise, it was definitely at 10/10!
I’ve never really had baked eggs before so couldn’t really compare this to other baked eggs. It was nice, but out of the 4 amazing dishes we ordered, this was probably my least favourite, purely because I’m not a huge fan of baked eggs.
Croque Madame with smoked salmon, fried egg, herbed crème fraiche.
Mmmm… words cannot describe how good this was! Thick crispy toast on the outside, runny yolk combined with smoked salmon… perfect for rainy days!
Daily special – polenta with poached eggs and sausages.
At first, I didn’t know what to think of the dish because I’d never seen anything presented like this before. After I had a taste of it, I, fell, in, love.
The polenta was creamy but not too overwhelming and the poached eggs and sausages just complimented the taste of the polenta so well!
Scrambled eggs with smoked bacon, double brie and onion jam. The BEST scrambled eggs I’ve ever had! The dish was presented really well – 10/10! The mini bacon, brie and onion jam baguette looked like a simple side but I was wrong – the baguette and scrambled eggs were the perfect combination!
Overall, Hardware Societe was definitely one of my best café experiences I’ve had in Melbourne and I’d recommend it to people who come to Melbourne or even for locals!
I’ve heard that their sweet dishes are just as good as their savoury ones… until next time, Hardware Societe!