Home Dining RoomJuly 1, 2011
Ok, it’s official. I love Home Dining Room. I read about it in the Age Cheap Eats Guide, which has an unsurprisingly thin chapter for the Hawthorn/Kew area, but this was one of the few cafes that featured.
The staff were really friendly right from the moment we walked in; I hadn’t had such a warm welcome into a cafe in ages, and they spent most of their time cracking jokes and offering helpful tips about the food. Home Dining Room has a very casual, welcoming, dare I say homely feel to it, which is a pleasant change to all the other new-age designer cafes springing up. Also unlike many other cafes in Hawthorn, this place wasn’t too busy, which was pleasant – I’m quite sick of having to wait 20 minutes or needing to make a booking for brunch. The fit-out is particularly homely, there are some attractively laden shelves behind the counter and a dessert menu that boasts dishes such at Eton mess and Affogato.
My latte was fantastic, and coffees (and hot chocolates) were free with any breakfast on the day we went, so the whole meal came up to roughly $30, nice.
Aside from what we ordered, there were a lot of yummy sounding meals on the menu, and I’m already planning to return to try a few more.
Bruschetta w smashed avo, roast tomatoes, goats cheese + Dukkah.
Corn fritters w roast tomato, spiced goats cheese + bacon (add a poached egg?).
Home toastie w gruyere, seeded mustard + leg ham (yes please).
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