The Hardware Société

(Now Closed)
Café, Breakfast Spot, and Coffee Shop$$$$
Melbourne CBD, Melbourne
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  • Paul C.
    Paul CanterburyJune 24, 2013
    OMG, the food here is great! I had the braised beef shoulder with roasted parsnips and creamy mash that had bacon and other goodies in it. And the coffee...completely amazeballs!
  • I want to go to there
    I want to go to thereDecember 31, 2011
    Get in early or be prepared to wait for a table. Serving Padre beans and fantastic food. Grab a friend and sit close so you can hear, this place often tops UrbanSpoon so it's always busy.
  • amuro
    amuroNovember 30, 2012
    Very nice breakfast place... likes the baked eggs, other stuff looks good too. Busy place... got to learn how they make the baked eggs!
  • William Lye Wei Wern
    Sit by the bar area to learn the art of plate decorating... Really interesting to watch them drizzle sauce, plonk a dollop of cream/cheese/risotto/salad; and then the main meat
  • Linh D.
    Linh DangJune 18, 2013
    Highly recommend for The Duck. Tip of the day is trying the special whenever coming to Hardware Société :)) a bit pricey thou. $20 on average per person for a dish!!!
  • Aleks K.
    Aleks KrotoskiMay 20, 2013
    They don't take credit cards but will let you eat the delicious food & drink the delicious coffee before grabbing cash around the corner. No panic, no worries!
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilsonNovember 25, 2012
    One of the best breakfasts in Melbourne. Funky little laneway cafe with excellent food and coffee. Try the backed eggs.
  • Su J.
    Su JangOctober 7, 2012
    Baked eggs with chorizo was delicious and coffees come with a mini yummy doughnut, definitely worth the wait!!
  • Bessie L.
    Bessie LinMarch 7, 2013
    Coffee is good but iced chocolate is just chocolate milk. Try the seated scallop dish, it's light and fresh and generous portion size
  • Adelaine H.
    Adelaine HoOctober 15, 2011
    Great service and amazing food... Definitely worth waiting for. The poached eggs with ham is brilliant and fried brioche exceptional!!
  • Tiffany S.
    Tiffany SisSeptember 25, 2012
    a good place for breakfast/lunch. very very reasonable price for such a good food. try their wagyu cap for lunch.
  • Lina L.
    Lina LeeSeptember 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Absolutely nothing is worth missing. If I had my way I would come everyday. They also make some of the best paella (special), and desserts are consistently great.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LMay 25, 2011
    Great selection of brunch options. Love the baked eggs and chorizo in a pot. Be prepared to wait but it's worth it!
  • Ronak M.
    Ronak MoussaviMarch 3, 2013
    Love the place! The baked egg was very good too. The coffee could be a tad stronger though.
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChuahMay 30, 2013
    Very busy cafe even on weekdays. Price has increased a little since the last 6 mths. Scrambled eggs doesn't taste as nice as before anymore (different ingredients used).
  • Yannick C.
    Yannick ChanDecember 14, 2010
    Sardines on toast is really good! Decent coffee, but noticed that the barista doesn't wipe the steam wand off very often. Put me off a little.
  • Memory L.
    Memory LeakFebruary 14, 2013
    nice place. we have taken the fried brioche and the warn croissant. Delicious!!!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CollinsonOctober 18, 2013
    Baked eggs w chorizo will set you up for the day!
  • purrsikat
    purrsikatJuly 13, 2011
    Sit at the bar to watch the chefs make all the delicious dishes! Yum!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LiJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Duck confit with a glass of house Shiraz = win
  • Bionic Ben (.
    Outstanding coffee, brekky & lunches ... as if you were in a French Bakehouse, Cafe & Restaurant in one.
  • Mooksy ♔.
    Mooksy ♔January 20, 2013
    Should of ordered the baked eggs today instead of the scrambled eggs. But then again baked eggs is everywhere these days... :/
  • Rush N.
    Rush NgDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Mini donut with each coffee. Awesome food. Try the bircher muesli! Great staff too
  • Mel K.
    Mel KershawSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The bircher was amazing, great menu. Will be coming back for sure.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CharmanDecember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The baked eggs with mushroom and gruyère are delicious.
  • Lyn Y.
    Lyn YapMay 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Sit at the bar and see jessie cook up a storm. Then have the steak on the new menu. Love at first bite.
  • Vijay L.
    Vijay LoganJune 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The new menu is off the hook! Just pick your favourite meat/vege and u won't be dissapointed :)
  • Chris B.
    Chris BauerMay 29, 2011
    I was expecting it to be good, but thus far everything is outrageously good. I can recommend the fried eggs.
  • Tahlia
    TahliaOctober 24, 2013
    Worth the wait! Baked eggs are perfect 👌
  • Pet S.
    Pet SDecember 20, 2012
    Baked eggs with chorizo and cherry tomato - woo! Cash only - boo!
  • Fiona C.
    Fiona ChanOctober 15, 2011
    The fried brioche with passionfruit and rhubarb is highly recommended!
  • Tomaso -.
    Tomaso -July 29, 2011
    Best cafe style food in Melbourne! Fantastic service.
  • Chazzazoo
    ChazzazooNovember 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the new Spring sat brunch menu. Try the Mushrooms with gruyere soufflé
  • Anita Maria R.
    Best hot chocolate I have tried in years!
  • Bjorn T.
    Bjorn The Social TravelerSeptember 4, 2011
    Say hi to that stranger having an amazing breakfast next to you. Be social.
  • Kenneth Meow
    Kenneth MeowJune 28, 2012
    Love the morning crowd. Lively.
  • Mem R.
    Mem RJanuary 31, 2012
    Cash only! The staff are all attentive and lovely.
  • Ka Wah Y.
    Ka Wah YapOctober 25, 2011
    Pork belly is to die for! Melts gently in ur mouth. Yumz!
  • AJ W.
    AJ WillmerAugust 24, 2013
    Twice cooked pork with horizo topped with poached eggs.
  • Antoinette R.
    Antoinette ROctober 7, 2013
    Fabulous for an extra special breakfast.
  • Kenneth Meow
    Kenneth MeowDecember 4, 2011
    I still wonder why staff are so cheerful even though I didn't stay for a meal. Will surely be back.
  • Elvina E.
    Elvina EvaniaAugust 13, 2011
    Baked eggs with chorizo, top notch!
  • Odo
    OdoJune 7, 2012
    Pretty packed, great coffee, lunch I wasn't so lucky, the duck leg wasn't good at all. Full review... Read more
  • Lui Cheuk Fung
    Lui Cheuk FungOctober 1, 2012
    Get the Fried eggs and the hot chocolate!
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MillarFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    New menu out today. More delicious dishes to tempt your taste buds.
  • jeroxie
    jeroxieOctober 28, 2010
    I love almost everything here. Recommend the fried brioche! Read more
  • Liana Z.
    Liana ZNovember 2, 2011
    Oh my. Bircher with rhubarb, raspberries, mango and pistachios.
  • Roslyn F.
    Roslyn FooJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot chocolate is a must have!
  • Mulyadi R.
    Mulyadi RobinJanuary 24, 2012
    Deserves every single rating they get!
  • Levente K.
    Levente KőrösDecember 6, 2013
    It is closed between 14th Nov 2013 and around 14th january because of a fire.
  • David J.
    David JohnsonAugust 7, 2013
    Do not come here if you like good food, coffee, or people. Do come here if you like pretend French things.
  • Gerald S.
    Gerald SimMarch 23, 2011
    The smell, the smell! Frying, cooking. Be prepared to smell of fried food when you leave :)
  • Raymond T.
    Raymond ThaiMarch 22, 2012
    they have lactose free milk!
  • Mise en bean
    Mise en beanNovember 29, 2010
    Coffee and meals are lovely to look at and lovely to eat. Read more
  • Syara
    SyaraMarch 12, 2012
  • jeremy p.
    jeremy piertJune 18, 2013
    Mushrooms were amazing
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LeeJune 8, 2011
    Absolutely love the duck confit!
  • Don
    DonFebruary 12, 2013
    Wagyu beef cap
  • Elaine
    ElaineJuly 8, 2012
    Posted on the door that they're closed every Sunday in July 2012.
  • Penne N.
    Penne NeohAugust 13, 2013
    Its a mini donut !
  • Dina A.
    Dina AveSeptember 15, 2013
    Awesome hot choco :)
  • Wes W.
    Wes WarnerOctober 4, 2013
    Never tell your buddies that your checking in via foursquare before actually doing it first
  • Jules H.
    Jules HughanOctober 22, 2011
    The scrambled eggs are badass
  • Cathy S.
    Cathy SunDecember 12, 2012
    Everyone has in the party must be present to be seated
  • Imran P.
    Imran PouziSeptember 28, 2011
    The coffee is awesome
  • Prathmesh
    PrathmeshNovember 25, 2013
    Currently closed. There was apparently a fire in the building
  • Ahn B.
    Ahn BustamanteMay 30, 2013
  • Jackson C.
    Jackson ChungJune 6, 2011
    The coffee is SO good!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LiMarch 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    On Saturdays, order the scrambled eggs
  • Jeanette L.
    Jeanette LeeSeptember 29, 2011
    I'd really hope they open for dinner! Done this if you agreed.
  • Joey
    JoeyJanuary 28, 2012
    Great breakfasts.
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LiJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Duck confit.
  • Vijay L.
    Vijay LoganApril 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't miss out on the rabbit! It's amazing:)
  • Luke W.
    Luke WagnerMarch 23, 2010
    Great food and coffee with mini doughnut
  • James C.
    James CubbonJune 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    So that was the best breakfast I've ever had...
  • star
    starApril 4, 2012
    why does it smell like sex in here?
  • okky Z.
    okky ZamzamMarch 11, 2013
    Hungry :D Saatnya makan sampe kenyang. hehe
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