Random Fridays off work are the best. The Best.
Not just because it means a three day weekend (and when is that going to be implemented world wide? I will join that movement) but because sometimes it means that I get to have breakfast with my friend Em.
She lives east and I live west, so we try and meet in the middle which generally means Fitzroy or Collingwood. Our latest breakfast was at Hammer and Tong, courtesy of a suggestion from Brunch Queen.
Hammer and Tong opened in February in the spot where the short lived Brix was located. The room hasn’t changed much since the Brix (minus the mega massive pig statue) – it’s still a beautiful, bright room with large windows and white brick walls.
It was a bit hard choosing what to eat when faced with options like coconut black rice pudding with mango, or buttermilk pancakes served with blueberries, maple syrup and popping candy ice cream (!) or truffled duck egg on toast.
Eventually I decided on the baked eggs in tomato fondue with chorizo, manchego and flatbread ($17). It was nice. If I’m being super fussy maybe the sauce could’ve used a touch more oomph. That’s just being very critical though – it was a decent dish.
Em chose the scrambled eggs with brioche toast, haloumi and tomato relish ($16). She commented that it was really good though she did get a bit defeated by the haloumi.
We had a second round of coffees because we were busy chatting and were given a couple of complimentary Italian doughnuts. Yum. Pretty much a perfect doughnut – not too sweet or doughy.
Hammer and Tong was really pleasant – the food was good, staff were lovely, and on a Friday morning it wasn’t too busy, which meant we had lots of time and space for a lovely catch up. Huzzah for random workfree Fridays.
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Hammer and Tong 412
Rear 412 Brunswick Street
Phone: 03 9041 6033