With a recent write-up on Broadsheet and an increasing buzz on instagram, the husband and I took a rainy grey Saturday drive across to Hawthorn this morning to check out Hello Sailor.
Wait, did I just say morning?! ... I meant afternoon! We had a very lazy sleep in and needed somewhere still serving breakfast at 1pm - lucky for us Hello Sailor has all-day breakfast until 3pm!
The café opened about three months ago and has a lovely family history tied into its name and memorialised on the walls of the café. Together with other nautical touches, the décor and theme is definitely well thoughout and I love the hanging bread baskets in the front window (from which you can purchase your own fresh Noisette bread to take home with you).
Spiced granola with macadamia, vanilla yoghurt + seasonal fruit.
As far as granolas go this was pretty good - packed with crunchy, honey-toasted nuts! And the poached pear was delicious! The yoghurt was sweet and creamy, but I would've liked a little bit more and this definitely needed a little jug of milk on the side. First half was delicious, but by the end nothing but dry granola left - it was crying out for slightly milk-softened oats.
Breakfast bun beef + herb sausage, fried egg, cheese, rocket + harissa on a brioche bun.
Given it was well after midday, I figured it was ok to go for something slightly more-lunchy for brunch and settled for the breakfast bun. The beef and herb sausage had an intense flavour which was nicely offset by the sweet brioche bun. I don't eat them often, but I love a good gooey fried egg and this one did the trick perfectly. The harissa added some good flavour, but there is also a relish option if you prefer.
The coffee is Seven Seeds
and Hello Sailor serve my favourite soy too (Bonsoy). The coffee blend today was quite mild (certainly not what I would call a strong or robust coffee) but delicious and much-needed regardless. Thankfully, there is also a good variety of juices available (a big tick from my husband) and there are plenty of Storm in a Teacup
Overall, the food and coffee was pretty good and the café has a lovely atmosphere. I definitely enjoyed our prime spot looking out the big glass front window out onto the road. While I did get the feeling these guys are still ironing out a few things as they settle in, the café as busy and certainly has a promising future.
Inlovewithbrunchverdict: Sailing into a bright future (pardon the pun!)
Hello Sailor, 89 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn, +61 3 9813 5560