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Hawthorn Common is anything but common! This beautifully unique café is definitely something quite special and somewhere everyone should add to his or her café list.
With their aim to minimise waste and their dedication to make as much as they can in-house, this café definitely stands out from the crowd. They roast their own coffee, mill their own flour for their ‘home-made’ bread, and grow their own herbs. As everything is made from scratch, their wastage is quite low; with their only form of waste being glass, which is recycled. All boxes and crates are sent back to the farmers for them to reuse and send back to the café.
The Hawthorn Common also has the ability to host functions, from weddings to 21st parties and even the classic company Christmas party. You can’t go wrong as they have a fantastic menu and a bar. Check out their website for more information.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Hawthorn Common is fantastic and has something for everyone. With a great range of smoothies and juices to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
The following menu photos were taken in May 2017 and might have changed since.
Maddy and I both ordered a cappuccino and we loved them. We thought that it had a fantastic rich and creamy flavour and loved how they arrived at the table nice and hot. Maddy enjoyed it so much that she ordered a second one.
Coffee rating: 5/5
Maddy ordered the baked eggs, with olives, basil, pimentos, goat’s cheese and chorizo (gluten free optional dish). We all thought that it was plated beautifully, and Maddy couldn’t wait to dig in.
She said that the flavours were quite nice, but thought that it was a bit dry for her liking. She would have preferred more sauce, as she found it quite difficult to eat. But the eggs were cooked well and the chorizo had a nice flavour and added a special something to the dish.
Flick ordered the eggs, which she had fried with sourdough toast. She said that the eggs were cooked perfectly and that it was just the right serving size for her.
I had the sautéed mushrooms, with toasted brioche shaved fennel, crushed truffled egg and roasted almond crumble (gluten free optional dish). I also thought that it was plated quite well, as I’m sure it’s not easy to plate up mushrooms.
I loved the roasted almond crumble on top as I thought that it added an excellent crunchy texture to the dish. The mushrooms themselves were cooked well and had an interesting flavour. I’m not usually a fan of fennel, but I thought that it worked quite well in the dish.
I personally wouldn’t order this dish again, as I don’t think it was flavoursome enough, but I will order the eggs benedict next time I go.
They were also kind enough to bring us a plate of their famous eggs benedict, with poached eggs, English muffins, smoked ham hock and hollandaise (gluten free optional dish).
I can definitely see why this is their best dish, as it was incredible! This honestly has to be one of the best eggs benedict that I’ve ever had.
The eggs were cooked to perfection; with the egg whites being firm while the yolks just ran down the ham hock and muffin as you cut into them. The hollandaise sauce was fantastic; it was silky smooth and had a rich and creamy flavour that went perfectly with the rest of the elements in the dish.
I loved that the muffin was still quite soft, which meant it just melted in your mouth. The smoked ham hock was an excellent addition as it brought a natural saltiness to the dish, without overpowering any of the other elements.
I would 100% recommend this dish if you are visiting Hawthorn Common, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The staff members at Hawthorn Common are fantastic; they are all incredibly friendly and welcoming. They greet you with warm smiles and a hearty hello, and try to seat you as soon as they can.
There are a number of tables inside the café itself, as well as outside on their deck area. Unfortunately it was raining the day we went, but I can assume that during the warmer months the deck would definitely be the area to sit.
The atmosphere was relaxed and even though it was quite busy, you don’t feel rushed to eat and leave to make room for another group.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT HAWTHORN COMMON
Address: 302 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9819 2200
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 8.5/10
Have you visited Hawthorn Common 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,