Hardware Societe is a great place to go for a Sunday morning lazy breakfast in Melbourne. It captivates with French sophistication and charm, and is a high quality dining experience. If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s able to offer something more than the usual brunch options, with a certain je ne sais quois, then Hardware Societe is it.

Any restaurant worthwhile in Melbourne may involve a table wait and it can be a 20 minute wait at Hardware Societe. Spectacular news is that Hardware Societe are now spreading out and have taken over the building next door. The revolution is spreading.

The counter is a visual feast with brightly coloured cakes and macaroons, extraordinary brown chocolate creations, cream brulee, and a host of amazing French sweets. Resistance is almost impossible!

All eyes are on the white uniformed rock star chefs with awesome tattoos who perform wonders in the kitchen for all to see… Each dish has amazing flair and bathed in TLC. There’s a French attention to detail!

Hardware Societe offers some of Melbourne’s favourite dishes such as Baked eggs served in a French pan with chunks of chorizo and cheese. This is a cacophony of taste and flavour! These kinds of dishes warm the stomach and leave you with a feeling of pleasantness for hours. But a recent menu change means the restaurant now offers another two great Baked egg options involving Merguez sausage and almond pistou or amazing Mushrooms with crème fraiche, gruyere and sage.

After a big night out you may prefer the Banana bread with caramel and crushed nougat. Or fried brioche with nutella, strawberries and toasted hazelnuts.

The Maitre D is impressive and has been known to move among diners whispering about exclusive promotions such as a Spanish Truffle promotion coming up on the weekend.

The quality of the food is undeniable. Everything is well cooked, great flavour profiles and the freshness (including the bread) stands out.

Hardware Societe Mini Marche

Be impressed by the distressed timber communal table along with the colourful plastic chairs and stools. There’s a trend toward plastic stools in cafes. Where space is at a premium they’re functional, but also can be fashionable. They’re contrasted by the round tables which have real marble tops.

The decor has cool factor to a sublime degree including cool dark charcoal damask wallpaper imported from Germany and interesting lighting arrangement with naked bulbs. The whole place has an upbeat colourful feel to it.

Coffee here is also great and sometimes underrated. The crema is velvet, and the coffee showing superb consistency, flavour and strength. A nice touch is the small round donut that comes with each coffee.

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Ordering tea is an occasion with your selection coming with artistic tea cosy flair. Even the hot chocolate comes with great presentation and is not made to feel the poor cousin of hot drinks.

As gourmet trendsetters Hardware Societe are now embarking on selling up market produce from European countries such as France, Spain and Italy. Come here to grab some Spanish rice for your paella, some cuttlefish or sardines (white meat), exclusive Simon Coll chocolate, and Italian Turron.

Ambience is great being a vibrant bright restaurant – conversation is loud and atmosphere warm. The fact that it’s on the vibey restaurant strip of Hardware Lane adds to the ambience.

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Service is fantastic with hipster staff wearing dark aprons to set a French tone. They are both engaging and attentive. Hardware Societe is open for breakfast and lunch but not dinner. These guys expertly serve nearly 300 people for breakfast and lunch so we don’t blame them for not doing the dinner gig! Popular and a talking point around Melbourne. Rightly so!

The Hardware Societe, 120 Hardware Lane, Melbourne CBD – French

Food 9.5 Coffee 9 Ambience 9

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