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Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! For the longest time I have wanted to go and try Hobba café out. I’m pretty sure that it was one of the first cafés that I actually put on my café list and finally I found someone to go with, aka my friend Beth.
Beth and I go for weekly breakfasts, as we both love to try new cafés and we also love a good old chat.
Hobba isn’t to far from Chapel Street and Toorak Road, so it’s a great alternative place if you are sick of the places long Chapel Street. Hobba actually have a parking area for their customers, which is great as it can be quite challenging to find a spot along the main road. You could also park down the side street next to the Police Station; I’ve parked there plenty of times and have always been able to find a spot.
FOOD & DRINKS
Hobba have quite a diverse menu, with some of the Melbourne stables such as avocado smash and hotcakes to the quirky dish such as the lamb fry and bacon. I love that they named their kids menu the cubs menu. I love that they followed the wolf theme throughout their menu.
The following photos of the menus were taken in June 2016 and might have changed.
The coffee arrived quite quickly and was nice and hot when it arrived. It was quite a cold morning, so it went down a treat. It had a delicious and rich creamy flavour.
Coffee rating: 4/5
Beth ended up ordering the Hobba Hotcakes, which were ricotta filled with spiced maple syrup, citrus and vanilla mascarpone, seasonal berries and honeycomb.
When they arrived at the table they were plated so beautifully! It looked so delicious and appetising. What stood out the most to us was the beautiful golden brown on the outside of the hotcakes against the dark plate and the vibrant pinks/reds and blues of the fresh berries.
Beth said that they were nice and fluffy on the inside and she said it was like biting into fluffy clouds. They were also a lot bigger that hotcakes she’s had in the past and said that she struggled to actually finish the dish due to the generous sizing.
She said that this is a dish she would recommend to any pancake or hot cake lovers out there.
I ended up ordering the Hobba Benedict, which was served with slow cooked pulled ham hock served on sourdough with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Honestly when it first arrived at the table I thought that it was quite a small serving in comparison to the serving size of the hot cakes. I was quite disappointed that I was paying almost $3 more than Beth and my serving was a lot smaller. But I soon understood why as I soon realised how rich this meal was. The pulled ham was AMAZING!!! I’ve never had anything like this with a benedict before. I’m not normally a fan of eggs benedict, but I’ve had them on a number of occasions lately and I have to say that this has been one of the best!
The pulled ham had a great salty taste, with added an incredible depth of flavour and helped to balance out the creaminess of the hollandaise sauce.
The only thing that I could fault would be that the eggs were slightly undercooked. I like my yolks runny, but I’m not into runny egg whites.
But overall, I thought that this dish had excellent flavour combinations and I would definitely eat it again and would recommend it to any benedict lovers out there.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
Hobba has quite a large floor space, with a number of tables scattered around the café. We ended up sitting in one of the booths, which we both loved! It was more comfortable than sitting on a wooden chair and we were able to sit comfortably and enjoy our meal. They also have a handful of table outside in the front of the café overlooking the street. So that would be a perfect spot to sit on a warm spring or summers day or if you have bought your four-legged fur baby with you.
We loved how the café was decorated with the exposed brick walls and the giant posters/pictures. We felt that adding the pictures on the wall gave us something interesting to look at.
The service was ok, the employees weren’t overly friendly and it took them a long time to come and take our food order (they weren’t busy). The food also took long than we would have expected to come out and no one came to check up on us during our meal.
But a great bonus is that they have their own parking area as I said at the beginning of the blog.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT HOBBA
Address: 428 Malvern Road, Prahran, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9510 8336
Monday –Saturday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Sunday – 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 8/10
Have you visited Hobba before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,