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Located in Hawthorn East, along the leafy green Tooronga Road sits the bright little café, Mr & Mrs Anderson. It is the perfect café for locals or those looking for a great coffee and a quick breakfast with friends. This beautiful café, with its big bay windows and hand painted Mexican tiles on the walls will leave you in awe.
Mr & Mrs Anderson have a ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy, with most of their produce coming from the owner’s private farm in Gippsland. The café focuses on providing fresh and home grown produce for their customers.
They also support local producers, including Woodfrong Bakery and Penny For Pound pastries.
I went to Mr & Mrs Anderson on a Saturday morning with my friend Beth for our weekly breakfast adventure. There is plenty of parking on the surrounding street, so I’m sure you won’t have any trouble finding a spot.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Mr & Mrs Anderson was pretty basic and quite similar to others in the area. I personally didn’t find too many dishes that caught my eye and was rather disappointed.
Mr & Mrs Anderson uses the Axil Coffee Rosters Blend, which is honestly my favourite blend.
The following menu photos were taken in August 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino, which was hot and smooth with a rich flavour and thick and creamy consistency.
Coffee rating: 3/5
Beth ordered a chai latte, which was made using a tea blend with steamed/frothy milk. She really enjoyed the blend, as it was flavourful, yet not overly spiced. She also liked that she got two cups from the jug and thought it went down a treat on that chilly winter morning.
Chai rating: 3/5
I ordered the smoked salmon, with confit mushrooms with farm harvested vegetables and leaves, crushed peas, Parmesan cheese, a poached egg and walnut pesto (gluten free).
I thought that it was presented really nicely, with the perfect amount of salmon on the plate. It was quite a different dish, but all the elements went quite nicely together.
The mushrooms were cooked well and I loved the flavour combination of the mushrooms and the Parmesan cheese. The poached egg was cooked well, however I just wished there was another on the plate. I loved the rich and runny egg yolk mixing in with the other elements and thought that it added an extra depth of flavour to the crushed peas.
Overall, the food was enjoyable but I probably wouldn’t order this dish again as it wasn’t quite for me.
Beth ordered the eggs Benedict, with pressed slow cooked pork shoulder and leek, sage hollandaise, two poached eggs and fried sage.
We both thought that the presentation was fantastic and that the portion was quite generous, with plenty of delicious rich hollandaise sauce to cover it.
The eggs were cooked perfectly and the runny yolks married together beautifully with the hollandaise sauce.
The pulled pork was incredible and just melted in her mouth, bringing an extra special flavour to the dish. Finally, the leeks were a great addition and the crispy sage leaves were fabulous!
I had a taste of Beth’s dish and we both thought that it needed something fresh on the plate to help cut some of the richness of the hollandaise. Maybe adding a bit of fresh apple on the side could help with this.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The service at Mr & Mrs Anderson was great. We were welcomed and greeted as soon as we walked in, and offered coffee as soon as we sat down. They offered help with the menu and checked on us a couple of time, without it feeling annoying. The employees were also very friendly and welcomed us with warm smiles on their faces, which made us feel right at home.
The café is relatively spacious inside and you don’t feel as if you’re sitting too close to the table next to you. We both loved the large windows with curtains at the front and the side of the café, as it allowed the natural light to flood in, making the café feel warm and inviting.
Mr & Mrs Anderson have a lovely outside area at the front of their café, with large outdoor umbrellas to keep the sun out of your face. They also have a couple of water bowls for passing dogs or if your fur baby needs a drink while you sip on your latte.
The atmosphere was fairly relaxed and we didn’t feel rushed even though the café was quite busy.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT MR & MRS ANDERSON
Address: 398 Tooronga Rd, Hawthorn East, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9882 9888
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Have you visited Mr & Mrs Anderson 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,