Monday, March 5, 2012

Duchess of Spotswood @ Spotswood

Keying the address onto our GPS and we immediately realised we were going to another side of town. The last few places have been on the North side but we were heading West for a change. It looked like heading into a new direction wasn't the only thing that was new that day.

The Duchess of Spotswood isn't exactly on the busiest of streets. Not too many shops are opened and not too many people walking on the streets. Walk inside the cafe and you realise thats where all the people are. I am not exactly the most patient of people but by now I take it that a 10-15 minute is almost compulsory if the food is good.

Looking at the menu, you could almost see my eyes sparkle and grinning away as I read on. The breakfast items here sounds as sinful and rich as it can get. With pork jowl, ox tongue or smoked salmon fillet served along side truffle sauce and/or fried eggs; if you wanted to fill up your daily calories in one meal, this is the place to go to.


The coffee was good as almost expected in a Melbourne cafe. I reckon it would be close to a death sentence if you served a bad coffee here. 


The Wife took pleasure in ordering some tongue. After always having it either in a Korean or Japanese restaurant, we wondered how it would be like on a breakfast dish. Well, I think in this case, the tongue was cut a little too thick. While most of our experience tells us that its meant to be a little chewy, this was almost melt in your mouth like. The smell was also rather prominent but eat it along with the truffle sauce and the heavenly sourdough, the only word I can think of is yum. 


The pork jowl was cooked and served like SPAM but bite into it and you can clearly taste the difference and feel the textural difference. The fried egg and that truffle sauce was heavenly even though I couldn't have imagined how much sodium was on the plate. My only complaint was that the bread was so good that one piece wasn't enough to go with the rest of the plate. 

To prevent myself from going back to sleep, an espresso shot was in order. I rarely drink espresso shots but this one had a rather salty end to it or maybe there was still excess salt in my taste buds. 

If you are on the look out for something different and want a rich and satisfying breakfast, this is the place to go. 

Address and contact details:

Duchess of Spotswood on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Just when you think you have seen all kind of breakfast dishes, this place proved me wrong big time. Hearty and rich portions, not advisable for sodium intolerance and those looking for something healthy (even though they have healthier options that what we ordered). 


Baby Sumo said...

Ah do they serve all their breakfast items with truffle oil or was it just a coincidence?

Michelle Chin said...

looks pretty heavy weight for breakfast

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: its as heavy as it gets

babysumo: well actually its truffle sauce not oil, its not in your face like some oils for the sauce in the two plate, i think its the only 2 plates on the menu that gets the sauce =)

CUMI & CIKI said...

pork jowl then truffle.. wah! so sinful so good hor :P

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Close to a death sentence to serve bad coffee in Melbourne? Gosh...if only it was the case in KL. It's more of a strike lottery moment when you get good coffee here. -_-

Sean said...

wow, with a breakfast this decadent & divine, there's definitely no need for lunch! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: i actually think this would b your kinda breakfast!

bbabe: oh well its like lottery when i find good msian food.

ciki: yeah lor, worth all the extra kgs.

msihua said...

Glad to see you enjoyed Duchess and loving Melbourne :) That's what we pride ourselves in! Breakfast spots with good food and coffee. Unfortunately the wait sometimes gets a tad annoying!

FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

seems like they put salt for most dishes generously. but the foodstuff looks healthy thou :)

Latest: Penang Food Festival

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fish: healthy? haha dont think so.

msihua: yeah i cant stand the wait but oh well, sometimes we do get lucky.

iamthewitch said...

Gosh the bread looks good!! And the coffee too.. and yes, I heard that good coffee is a must in Melbourne! Btw, I'm waiting for you to post more Asian food finds! ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

iamthewitch: i actually got 1 lined up for tmmw!