Five minutes spent wandering around Readings in Hawthorn... Check my watch... I’ve been there for one hour! I must confess I am addicted to Readings. Now, I can fuel my bibliophile addiction by popping down the road to a café that has a ceiling covered in waves of books! Downstairs, Café Blac looks like a regular café but upstairs is a book lover’s paradise where even the coffee machine is mounted on an altar of books. They hire the room out for functions but if it’s free, you can enjoy your eggs with a side of books.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
· Wagyu beef burger with vintage cheddar, Roma tomato, cos lettuce, truffle mayo and red onion jam on a brioche bun and chips ($16.50)
· Cajun chicken, smashed avocado, tasty cheese and spinach focaccia with garden salad or chips ($14.50)
· Veggie Blac – free-range eggs with smashed avocado, homemade beans, Roma tomatoes, wilted spinach and Swiss brown mushrooms on organic sourdough ($17.00)
· Salt and pepper calamari with homemade tartare, garden salad and chips ($17.50)
WHAT WE ATE...
I chose something from the daily specials. The ‘Spinach and ricotta cannelloni with balsamic dressed side salad ($15.50)’ was scrumptious. The two tubes of cannelloni contained a creamy filling and were covered in a nicely seasoned sauce and lots of gooey cheese. The salad leaves were super fresh.
My dining companion ordered the ‘Breaky Burger – free-range fried egg, bacon, Swiss brown mushroom, tasty cheese, cos lettuce, and tomato chutney in a brioche roll with hash browns ($14.00)’. This was also fantastic and the large, juicy mushroom provided an extra touch of luxury.
A glass of Squealing Pig Pinot Noir ($8.50) might be the perfect match for your lunch... or a caramel milkshake ($5.00). My Latte ($3.50) was so good! It was extremely luscious and silky.
Even though we were away from the action upstairs, we were provided with wonderful service.
Address: 707 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne, VIC
Phone: 03 9818 8965