Despite staying 15 mins away, I haven’t actually made an effort to brunch at this quaint breakfast joint located just before the West Gate (entrance from Williamstown if you’re staying at the West). So, while every Aussie mates are at the polling stations today, we paid visit to British royalty at Duchess of Spotswood.
We arrived in time to snatch the last available table next to the window. Sweet :)
Their menu spells simplicity and uses quirky terms to name their dishes. My eyes spotted Idle Tongues – a not-for-the-faint-hearted dish made up of ox tongue and bone marrow. I am normally a conservative eater and typically will not go beyond the edible juicy meats. Maybe it was the coffee that got me out of my norm and ordered this “spare parts” dish. Hey, there’s always a first time for everything, right?
The dish came with three pieces of thick as your iPhone pan-seared tongues, served next to perfectly poached eggs with runny yolk and fresh sweet greens. Best eaten with toasted hot sourdough bread and creamy bone marrow that oozes gracefully when cut. It was rich and well balanced in flavour.
So, if you are adventurous enough to try, go for it – It’s really worth it!
Hubby ordered Simple pleasures, as the name suggested – simply made up of any healthy breakfast meal would have and it was delicious.
Oh, and remember to walk over to their cake showcase counter and order the most devil-licious unforgettably tasty donuts. Trust me, they do not look as innocent as they taste. Both Salted caramel and lychee donuts are absolutely sweet somethings and they should be consumed on the spot while it’s fresh.
Verdict : Duchess of Spotswood – a wonderfully small cafe located on the west of Melbourne is definitely a not-to-be-missed. The service was quick and friendly. Food that was inspired by English/Irish flavours tasted awesome and moderately priced. From today onwards, it will be on my list of favourite places to brunch.
To die for : Lychee donut and Salted caramel donut
Price : $$
Yummy Factor : +4
Noise Level : Moderate
[Duchess of Spotswood]
87 Hudsons Road, Yarraville, Victoria
P: 03 9391 6016
Mon-Sun: Breakfast & Lunch