We are branching out into new suburbs more often now and Hawthorn is certainly on my radar. Following a kind invitation from the team at Jane & Co. Cafe & Providore, we found ourselves back there over the weekend.
We walked into the cafe while the weather was a little dull and dreary so the first thing to order was a coffee! We were able to take in the surrounds which I thought were clean with subtle detail and soft furnishings. The tables are well spaced out and vary in size, suitable for two or a small group. Our table was by the window and it was subtly dressed with a nice bunch of flowers. I LOVE the two-seaters there!
We browsed the menu and I was torn between the Bagel Benny and the Corn & Broccoli Fritters. These two dishes are certainly my go to dishes wherever I go and I decided to go with the Corn & Broccoli Fritters ($18.50) in the end. My plus one, Miss. D (yes, another Miss. D) has a gluten free dietary requirement so she went for the gluten free Dukkah & Avo ($19.50).
Our coffees arrived mid catch up, it was a pretty good coffee as far as I was concerned. I don’t work too far away from Jane & Co. so I made a mental note of that.
It wasn’t a long wait for our food, but they did come out separately. Miss. D’s dish came out first and it looked great. The most eye-catching part of the dish was the bright red shard sticking upright from the dish. There are a few items on the dish that were not listed on the menu but Miss. D said that she still enjoyed the dish. The beetroot hummus was delicious. I though the cost of this dish is a little steep as it only has one poached egg and a small portion of avocado but it is very visually appealing.
My dish was nicely presented and I was keen to see if the broccoli had been pureed before adding to the fritters and if they would be green. To my surprise, they were golden on the outside and yellow inside with small pieces of broccoli. I really enjoyed it. My egg was perfectly poached also. The only thing I wasn’t keen on was the chutney, it didn’t taste like a chutney and I didn’t get a smoked paprika flavour. It tasted more like a salsa from a jar, I wouldn’t have missed this on the dish as it started to soak into the fritters and made them soggy. If I was to order this dish again, I would get it on the side to keep the fritters crisp.
All in all, the location is great and decor in the cafe is very welcoming. I think a little refining to the menu and dishes, and this will be the hottest spot in Hawthorn. It wasn’t very busy on Saturday so if you are in a hurry, it’s definitely a breakfast option. There was a cabinet of beautiful pastries and slices by the counter, great for a treat and a coffee on the go.
*This post was written following an invitation to dine at Jane & Co. Cafe & Providore, all opinions are my own.
My Rating: 3.5