Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ellery & Co. (and celery)

Had brunch (lunch?) with Gordon today at Ellery & Co. in Hawthorn. We decided to check it out because it had a pretty good review in the The Age's Cheap Eats Guide - and it was given 3 stars!

The cafe itself is furnished very simply - basic cafe-style, nothing quirky or unique. The menu is interesting without being over-the-top. I guess in terms of being a simple place for locals looking for a casual, cheap and tasty meal, this place hits the nail on the head. I found it to be a refreshing change from places like Hardware Societe and Auction Rooms. The feel of this cafe was more intimate, more laid-back - no long queues to get a table, no crowded spaces, no need to raise your voice to be heard over the din. Nice :)

Shared the Ricotta, Mushroom and Spinach crepes ($14 I think...) and the Chicken, Mushroom and Roasted Pine Nuts pie ($12). Both were served with a very simple, but very tasty salad of rocket with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing. Only complaint I had about the salad was that the one that came with the pie had bits of celery in it! Blegh.

The crepes were very tasty, but I kinda wish they had baked the dish in the oven for a little longer so the cheese on top would have become a little more golden brown. The pie was the clear winner amongst the two - loved the pastry, loved the filling! Lots of mushroom, and not too creamy/mushy. The relish that came with the pie was also a big favourite - but I didn't eat it with the pie, because the pie already tasted sooo good just on its own!

Those two dishes, with an OJ and chai tea added up to be $34. Not bad I say.



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