Duchess of Spotswood is a lovely little cafe in the corner of a strip down at West Melbourne. Its a great location with such a peaceful and quiet environment, which really added to the experience. The actual setting at Duchess of Spotswood incorporates both artsy and fancy features, simple yet elegant. The service was also superb. The waitress who served us was so friendly and hospitable, she made us feel welcomed and made no hesitation in helping us with the menu. What more could you ask for really!
Idle Tongues ($17.50) - seared ox tongue, pickled radish, onion soubise, smoked bone marrow croquette, poached eggs & toast.
A.T said he really liked his meal but I thought it was a bit too heavy for me, particularly the croquette, it was just way too creamy. The ox tongue was quite different, and it was cooked really well; so soft! It was kind of funny knowing an animal tongue was on my own tongue haha. The presentation is another thing though… It is… questionable to say the least? If you get what I mean… haha sorry guys, we didn’t realise it looked like this when we took the photo but we had a great laugh out of it! (Yes we are immature and silly, we know)
Skinny Late ($3.80) - I’m not a big fan of coffee so I wouldn’t know where to begin when reviewing it. A.T, on the other hand, is a coffee enthusiast (that may be an understatement), so I like to believe he knows his stuff. When drinking this, he said he really enjoyed it, that the coffee was brewed well and it was very smooth.
Kings’ Woodcock ($18.50) - pork, fennel & chilli sausage, scrambled eggs, gentleman’s relish & toast.
To be honest, I’ve never really went out for brunch until recently and I guess it’s not my most favourite meal of the day. That’s because I find brunch to be overpriced for such simple foods that I could easily make at home (at a terribly amateur level of course). This meal was no different, I think it’s overpriced but I did enjoy it. The eggs were so fluffy and light and the sausages were really delicious, a bit of spiciness which enhanced the flavour! The relish (you can’t see it in the photo but they placed it underneath the sausages) gave the whole dish a bit of moisture and everything tied together really nicely. The toast was just standard bread though. All in all, a tasty expensive brunch dish, very simple but also very little faults.
Quality of the food – 8.5/10
Price (based on food quality) – a bit overpriced
Service – 8.5/10
Atmosphere – peaceful, fancy yet casual
Overall experience – 8.5/10
Duchess of Spotswood (English Breakfast&Lunch)
87 Hudsons Road, Spotswood
(03) 9391 6016
Open Monday to Friday 7.00AM – 3.00PM (Kitchen closes at 2.30PM), Saturday and Sunday 8.00AM – 4.00PM (Kitchen closes at 3.00PM)
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