Hash Specialty Coffee, Camberwell

1/14/2018 , , 0 Comments

Hash Speciality Coffee is one of the most popular cafes in Melbourne, probably most well known for its fairy floss hot chocolate drink. A second cafe opened up in Camberwell not too long ago, close to the junction, and a short walk from Camberwell Station/trams 70, 72 or 75. The cafe prides itself on using high quality ingredients and supporting local producers.

The cafe is very spacious; it takes up most of one half of the arcade-ish area opposite Boost Juice leading to the Camberwell Sunday Markets. The interior of the cafe is simple, with dark walls and furniture that contrast with the wooden tables and the bright lights from outside of the cafe. Artwork by local artists hang on the walls of the cafe, which are also available for purchase. The staff were friendly and attentive, and there was only about a 15 minute wait for our food.

The menu at Hash isn't very comprehensive, with only a few breakfast and lunch options to choose from, but there's a few interesting dishes that are a slight twist on traditional ones. Of course, we ordered the signature Hash Hot Chocolate drink ($7) as well as the Hash Blend latte ($3.80). The latte had a great milky flavour though could've been a bit stronger, but had a great aroma to it. Presentation wise, the hot chocolate was definitely Instagram worthy, with the Mork chocolate coming in a beaker and a large pile of fairy floss sitting in the mug. The drink itself is quite messy to pour onto the fairy floss - it goes everywhere if you're not very careful, and half of mine actually ended up outside of the mug! The hot chocolate itself was a bit too thick and I felt like I needed more milk to water it down a little, and because of not stirring the melted fairy floss thoroughly enough, it ended up being quite sweet at the bottom. Overall I feel like this is one of those things that are overhyped, and not really worth the price.

The other dishes we ordered were the Sous Vide Duck Leg ($23.50), Crumbed Chicken Burger ($23.50) and the French Toasted Bacon Croissant ($18.50). The duck leg dish was served with pan fried semolina gnocchi, smokey maple and a herb salad. The skin of the duck was lovely and crispy and the duck itself tender and flavoursome. The gnocchi tasted more like potato (and looked like it too!), though went surprisingly well with the maple syrup, something you wouldn't expect to be a great combination of flavours. The herb salad added a lightness to the dish, and the portion just right but not super filling.

The chicken burger came with a red pepper relish, smoked provolone (Italian style cheese), cos lettuce, aioli and wedges on the side. The chicken patty itself was great, with a crunchy outer and soft interior. The rest of the dish however, was quite average; the relish wasn't particularly flavoursome and there wasn't enough cos lettuce to bring that refreshing texture to the dish, and the wedges although great, only had a couple of the dish and for the price, we expected a little more.

The bacon croissant was served with a peanut butter parfait, salted peanuts, caramel popcorn, banana and maple syrup. The dish was a lot sweeter than expected, even with the large amount of bacon that came in the croissant, and is definitely more of a dessert dish. The portion was really great and surprisingly filling, though this might have been because of how sweet the dish was. The peanut butter parfait was probably the best part of the dish, adding a light, savoury touch to the sweetness of the maple syrup infused bacon, banana and caramel popcorn. The croissant itself was flakey and buttery, and very enjoyable.

Overall, the experience here at Hash was good, though I probably wouldn't get the hot chocolate again if I did come here. It's a little pricey but worth a visit if you're after brunch places in the Camberwell area.

Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 7/10

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