Hotel Urban in St Kilda have just opened their new café Hub. It has a new name, a new fit out, and a new menu.
The first thing I realised about this little café was that it is the opposite of what comes to mind when you think of a hotel café. It’s not large and impersonal but it’s cosy, small and has spunk to it that you rarely see in a hotel café.
The walls have art and books from local businesses and each piece of furniture looks like it was chosen especially for the specific spot that it has taken up.
I loved the menu here. It is broken up into two sections –The Classics and Modern Takes. In the classic section you’ll find regulars like Eggs Benedict and Crumpets with honey and lemon. The modern takes section offers more unique dishes like Autumn mushrooms on brioche with Persian feta and thyme, or House cured salmon with soft cooked eggs, salmon caviar and dill on toast.
The coffee, bitter and strong held us over as we waited eagerly for our meals.
The table shared a serve of the House made crumpets with lemon and creamed honey ($9.5).
These were delicious. They were moist and fluffy and reminded me of breakfast with my Grandmother. The combination of honey and lemon was beautiful as the sweetness of the honey was accented by the sharp tart flavour of the lemon. Even though we only got a mouthful of these babies, you could tell they were a crowd pleaser.
For my breakfast I chose the Cinnamon Porridge with caramelised pears and oat crumble ($9.5).
This was exactly what I was hoping for. It was a freezing Melbourne morning and the porridge was the warming dish that I was expecting. The porridge was creamy and light while the caramelised pears added sweetness and great flavour. The crumble; a lovely touch to often more traditional porridges added sweetness and great crunch to what can sometimes be a texture poor meal.
My dining companions ordered the Eggs Benedict ($17) and the special of Scrambled eggs with smoked eel, potato rosti and green tomato chutney ($18). They kindly let me take some pictures.
Hub is a lovely little breakfast spot offering a unique hotel dining experience, and with the on street entrance, it feels like just another café to those passing by.
Also…I think they want people to follow them on twitter 🙂