Howdy y'all! Today I'd like to tell you about a quiet achiever on the cafe scene: Bread and Jam for Frances, in Hawthorn. Despite my living in the area for a good few years now, I haven't really explored the local cafes in any great depth, and it's only recently that we've been googling "good cafe Hawthorn" on weekend mornings and going to check them out! It was reading Adrian's review of Bread and Jam for Frances that prompted us to visit. It's a quiet little cafe, behind Readings Bookstore on Glenferrie Road and opposite the Coles.
|Dench bread and pastries, Cunliffe and Waters preserves, Keep Cups|
They sell Dench bread and pastries (so no need to traipse across to North Fitzroy - wahoo!), and the cooked meals are also very good. What I really like about the cafe, though, is how chilled and friendly it is. You never seem to have to queue for a long time, and the staff are very friendly and attentive - e.g. when I got up to look at the bread, a staff member quickly appeared and asked if I wanted help with the bread. (I must admit to a certain amount of anxiety visiting more hipster cafes with queues and (sometimes) attitude!)
|Prepared sandwiches, salads, drinks|
The pictures below are from two visits: one was for a weekend brunch, and the second visit was with my Mum for Mother's Day! On our first visit, I personally found the coffees to be on the weak side - so since then I always ask for strong here.
|Soup of the day - Cauliflower soup w/ bacon crumbs - $10.50|
|"Ham and Egg" - Fried egg, ham hock terrine w/ cabbage & dill slaw w/ toasted Schwarzbrot - $15.50|
|Cabbage & dill slaw|
|Poached eggs with a salmon & avocado roulade, grilled asparagus & hollandaise sauce - $18.50|
|Peperonata - Sauteed red peppers, onions, potatoes, goats feta, dukkah, poached egg|
Sandra went for a more lunchy dish: Thai-style chicken curry. $17.50 seemed quite expensive, but it was a very generous serve, and the curry itself was very good - it wasn't exceedingly hot, but had a pleasing combination of flavours from the different spices and herbs.
|Thai-inspired chicken pumpkin curry with sweetcorn, spinach & fragrant jasmine rice - $17.50|
So that was Bread and Jam for Frances! Needless to say, I'm a big fan, and definitely recommend it for a great brunch in a relaxed atmosphere!