I generally only have one reason to cross the Westgate - and that reason is Andrew's Choice butcher, who, in my opinion, make the best German smallgoods in Melbourne! But now I have another reason: a fabulous little cafe by the name of Duchess of Spotswood.
Duchess of Spotswood
87 Hudsons Rd
Spotswood VIC 3015
Ph: (03) 9391 6016
I previously only knew Spotswood for two things: the Scienceworks museum and the film Spotswood. But after reading Adrian's glowing review of Duchess cafe, I was very keen to go. We were super pleased (but not the least bit surprised) when Adrian accepted our invitation to go for a Saturday brunch!
Duchess is on a quiet Spotswood street, with a couple of other cafes, an op shop and a florist. The cafe was full when we arrived at midday, but not crazy busy: we only had to wait about 15 minutes for a table.
I don't think that bread was for sale... but it did look good! I also liked the cafe's chandelier and retro pale pastel walls.
We started with a round of great coffees.
|Cappuccino - $3.00|
|Latte - $3.00|
It took a little while for us to decide on our meals, and I was impressed that they offer more creative items than the usual cafe fare of bircher muesli, corn/zucchini fritters, eggs etc. The Duchess items seem to have a British theme, with ingredients like Stilton and Gentlemen's Relish, and pun-tastic names like Breakfast of Champignons (oh no you didn't!) and Scotch Woodcock (hehehe).
Here's what we ate.
First up, a mix and match breakfast of perfect poached eggs, large buttery mushrooms, thick toast and a potato hash. Overall it was great, but the hash could have been a little crispier.
|Poached eggs - local free range eggs from Villa Verde - $8.50 plus extra mushrooms $3.50 and extra potato hash $4.50|
|Simple Pleasures - Marinated avocado with goats curd, sourdough toast, heirloom tomatoes and preserved lemons - $17.50 with poached eggs, plus extra Sausage $4.00|
|Scotch Woodcock - Scrambled eggs with Gentlemen's relish and white anchovy fillet - $11|
Adrian had the Duchess of Pork, the description of which sounded like decadence on a plate: crispy pig's jowl with fried egg, rich truffle sauce and sourdough toast. And very well priced at $17.50!
|Duchess of Pork - Crispy pig's jowl with fried egg, rich truffle sauce, and sourdough toast - $17.50|
Across the street from Duchess was a cute little bakery/florist called A Bunch of Cakes.
The lovely ladies who run this shop bake cupcakes throughout the day (all day on the day we visited!) and do orders for parties and other occasions. Adrian picked up a strawberry and a blueberry cupcake. How cuuuuuute!! They also sell flowers (duh), and had a nice range of cupcake papers and cake decorating bits and pieces.
|Strawberry cupcake - $4, Blueberry cupcake - $4|