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The Hardware Societe, Melbourne

2010 March 29

Coffee Machine Action, Hardware Societe

So the question is: “Did you eat in Melbourne?” Damn straight I did! I had a handful of sensational meals in a range of places with some great company.

One of the first and top of my list was a “Bloggers Breakfast” in one of Melbourne’s sexy little laneways. I was so excited about this breakfast for a couple of reasons:

  1. Hardware Societe:  after having seen it on a range of Melbourne blogs I was desperate to get there
  2. To meet some Melbourne bloggers before the Aussie Foodbloggers’ Conference Eat.Drink.Blog

Up bright and early on my first full day in Melbourne. I leave the BF in bed as I set out to catch the tram from St Kilda into the city on a glorious Autumn morning. I must mention the stunning weather I had the whole 4 days I was in Melbourne. Not a dud day amongst them. Amble off the tram right in the heart of Bourke St Mall, and as I’m waiting to cross the road I hear a yelp. A young lady has had her bag snatched by a guy that was hanging on the corner begging. Luckily he is caught and the young lady gets her bag back. What a start to the morning.

I have to admit, I was nervous about meeting these people: @Essjayeff from Essjayeats, @abstractg from Abstract Gourmet from Western Australia, @SteveCumper from The View from my Porch in Tasmania, @stickifingers from Deep Dish Dreams, and finally the one person I had met, the lovely @mutemonkey from Melbourne Gastronome

Interior of The Hardware Societe

Would they like me? Would my camera measure up? Would they think I was just some pretentious Sydney blogger? No, on all counts, I hope! I headed down the lane found this gorgeous shoebox of a cafe and squeezed myself amongst this warm and gregarious clutch of bloggers. After introducing ourselves and waiting for latecomers I’m eager to order.

Round the table we go!

I’m keen on the baked eggs I saw over at Melbourne Gastronome that first caught my eye, with chorizo and pimentos

Baked eggs with chorizo and pimentos

This little pot is super hot, and the eggs continue to cook, which may be the only disadvantage as I would love a little bit of goopy yolk to smoosh around the baguette…

The Portobello Mushrooms, herbs, lemon, goats cheese with baguette look truly amazing with their softserve icecream like swirl of goats cheese. I didn’t taste this, but was glad to see a substantial non baked bean vegetarian breaky

Portobello Mushrooms, herbs, lemon, goats cheese on baguette

Hmmm someone else ordered the Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur

After devouring my coffees and my eggs, and after seeing one of my breakfast colleague’s french toasted brioche with glazed oranges I had to have it, so it was thus ordered and shared with @mutemonkey

French Toast Brioche at The Hardware Societe


This quirky little gem of a place is in Melbourne and not Sydney and that makes me sad 🙁  But I know where I’m going to breakfast next time I’m in Melbourne 😉

P.S. they serve yummy little doughnuts with their excellent coffee too!

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne

The Hardware Societe
120 Hardware Lane
03 9078 5992
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  1. March 29, 2010

    Omg, massive breakfast envy. The portobello mushroom looks gorgeous – I’ll look out for this place next time I’m in Melbourne!

  2. March 29, 2010

    The tour began 😉 The brioche dish looks really good!
    .-= Anh´s last blog ..Days before the Easter break – Recipe: Udon noodles with kabocha sauce =-.

  3. March 30, 2010

    I must say that I am a big fan of baked eggs! One of my favourite weekend brunch dishes! The only problem is that you just don’t find too many places that have it on teh menu!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Photo Marathon =-.

  4. March 30, 2010

    All the breakfasts ordered look amazing!! I’m also from Sydney too – and am jealous of all the wonderful restaurants in Melb… Well it sounds like you had a wonderful time with the other bloggers! 🙂
    .-= Monica´s last blog ..Quay: Restaurant of the year =-.

  5. March 30, 2010

    What a tasty breakfast that looks like – but you cannot just go back there next time you visit, there are too many others places that you need to try!

    Lovely to have in you our little town.
    .-= Joanne @ secondhelping´s last blog ..I’ve had a makeover! =-.

  6. March 30, 2010

    Hmmm… now I need to make sure that I check it out. Am so glad that it is opened on sat for breakfast 🙂

    Great to have you in town.
    .-= penny aka jeroxie´s last blog ..A heathly challenge =-.

  7. March 31, 2010

    It was SUCH a nice breakfast, wasn’t it? Was great to see you too, outside of the conference. 🙂
    .-= claire´s last blog ..MFWF: Pierre Roelofs and Raul Moreno Yague’s brilliant dessert and wine matching =-.

  8. April 1, 2010

    oh hey I have those plates at home. i love them.
    .-= Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday)´s last blog ..Melbourne Food Review: Church St. Enoteca, Richmond =-.

  9. April 1, 2010

    It’s always scary meeting new people isn’t it?! I’m exactly the same way! Looks like you had a wonderful breakfast as well!
    .-= Trissa´s last blog ..She’s Back! and Chocolate Babkas… =-.

  10. April 5, 2010

    Damn-bad idea to look at this post during breakfast time. Will I ever learn? Probably not 😛
    .-= Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog ..Becasse Regional Degustation Dinner: Languedoc-Roussillon, Sydney CBD =-.

  11. Bruce permalink
    September 21, 2010

    Hate me? This is my local…. every morning for coffee and the occasional breakfast, Got to say fantastic food,service and food. I even have my meetings here whenever I can manage and you know I haven’t become weary of it yet 🙂

  12. November 25, 2010

    its great meeting others fo your kind isnt it :O)

    breakfast here looks great ive been suggested to come here by adrian of food rehab so i really cant wait !
    betty´s last post..Fat Panda

  13. Majda permalink
    March 14, 2011

    Breakfast does look lovely – however I’d like to add that perhaps mushrooms are probably on top of the list of most common veg brekkies. I’d love to see someone re-invent the mushroom or baked bean instead. French toast does look delicious.

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