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.
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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).