Depending on whether you follow my Instagram (it’s @RachiePn by the way), you may or may not know that I snuck off to one of my favorite places about a month ago to Melbourne, Australia.
It was a very short but fulfilling trip. Even my flight there was amazing: 777-300ER, PEY bulkhead with only one other person on my row, four seats away, thank you very much.
Although my instinct says “meat pies and beers” when I think of Australia, the whole Melbourne brunch craze took too much effort to say no to. Since I dropped in on Melbourne while everyone had work or class (as in lessons, not the classy kind of class, I got some of that too), I managed to spend some good old me time while I was there.
My friends and cousins threw a bunch of names at me like “Hardware Societe”, but basically told me to go down to Hardware Lane and just do whatever the fuck I felt like doing. I checked Hardware Societe but there was a huge line and what’s more awkward than eating alone? Queuing alone to… eat alone.
So I went across the road and checked out White Mojo, but decided to give it a miss since they didn’t have much on their savoury menu that I fancied. Just a door or two down was Hash Specialty Coffee & Roasters. Short line, black decor, chorizo & scallops on the menu, it was definitely my scene.
Apart from having to sit on a tall stool, it was freaking awesome. The very hipster-looking staff actually made me feel comfortable, even after explaining that both still and sparkling water was free and comes from a tap straight into a beaker. I ordered the mentioned chorizo & scallops and a cold brew coffee for myself.
Shit, that coffee came in a fucking beaker. I peaked within my capacity of being an almost-hipster. All pretentious presentation aside, the cold brew was actually pretty good, not that I know that much about coffee – but I liked it. It was um, cold, coffee-tasting, and not too strong for me.
The food was amazing too, I mean, what’s not to like? Scallops – good, chorizo – good, sour dough – goooooood.
Well, in all seriousness, it was actually a tad too greasy but the huge slice of lemon balanced things out. I mean, it’s CHORIZO AND SCALLOPS, what’s not to like? I wasn’t a huge fan of the white bean spread, and would have preferred avocados instead, but still, I don’t want you to think it’s not worth trying it out, because it’s still a pretty great brunch.
In hindsight, I might have eaten my food too slow to savor all of its glory. I tried to take my sweet time with the food because I needed some time to journal, and come on, I came all the way from Hong Kong, I just needed to slow down. At least the staff were super chilled about me sitting around.
So, Hash Specialty Coffee.
I’m a big advocate for trying new things, but if I had enough mornings to spare, I would definitely go back to Hash next time I’m in town. I either need to bring a friend or order both a coffee and their famous hot chocolate which really is just for the Instagram likes.
Come on, look at this thing.