248 Burwood Rd Hawthorn, VIC 3122
One of the things I look forward to most on weekends off is exploring my local cafés and restaurants. Even though I’ve eaten at so many, there’re always new places to discover and different food to try. I’d been eyeing photos of Bawa for quite a while and had been recommended to visit, so K and I finally found the time to make a stop for brunch.
Walking in, I immediately fell in love with the large open area surrounded by glass and natural light. The barista station was situated at the front and centre of the café, which also housed their display of sweet treats. While the menu wasn’t exactly revolutionary, there was enough variety to pique my interest and many delicious-sounding dishes to pick from.
A good chilli kick without being overpowering, and the pickle on the mushrooms helped to cut through the other rich flavours. K really appreciated the generous serving of eggs as well, which was the perfect amount to finish off his toast.
My favourite element of this was definitely the herb hollandaise, which was rich but also maintained some freshness from the herbs and acidity. The pork was super tender, the eggs perfectly poached, and I loved the crispy finish to the rosti.
A huge bowl of fries, but unfortunately these fell a little flat. Nothing super exciting or different to standard shoestrings, although the aioli was nice. Definitely prefer the thick-cut fries I’ve had at other cafés.
Overall, a really great café that holds its own amongst the huge selection in Melbourne. I certainly look forward to the next menu change and can’t wait to return for round 2.