Amateur adventurer, food lover and freelance writer. Peace.
Published September 11th 2014
Paying homage to the actual hardware store that occupied 117A Brighton Road, Scarborough for 60 years previously, The Hardware Store Cafe & Eatery has well and truly become part of the neighbourhood, and has cemented itself in Scarborough's cafe scene.
The owners wanted to maintain the space's history while also creating modernity. As such, rusty tools have been mounted onto old ceiling board to create artwork, which is hung on walls of exposed red brick. Tool boxes hold cutlery, tables are made of glass-topped raw pallets, and watering cans, appropriately, hold water. Meanwhile, the cafe's seating consists of understated charcoal grey sofas lining each wall, with tables and steel chairs in front of them. Near the counter, raised long steel tables are flanked by black steel bar stools and cute hardware-esque phrases adorn the walls. All in all, the atmosphere at The Hardware Store is inviting, and that's what matters.
The cafe serves up breakfast, brunch and lunch in generous portions using healthy, fresh produce. If you're feeling thirsty, they have an array of fresh cold pressed juices such as the Go Troppo (pineapple, mango pulp, banana and cloudy apple juice) for $8, a choice of two smoothies (Green or Brekky) for $10, Australian Campos coffee, and a choice of T2 teas.
The Go Troppo and Lemon Ginger Blast juices
It was a tough call choosing between the Zucchini & Sweet Corn Fritters ($18), Bun Haters Veggie Burger ($18) and the Parmesan Herb Crusted Chicken ($23) but I eventually went for the chicken. I wasn't disappointed with the hand-sized crumbed chicken breast piled high with rocket and caper salad, half a sliced avocado and perfectly cooked asparagus spears. Admittedly, I did have a little bit of food envy when I tasted my dining partner's veggie burger. There was something comforting about the burger that felt like I was eating someone's grandma's home-cooked food, and the curry mayo and beetroot relish really made the dish.
Service at The Hardware Store was friendly and casual, and with the bill coming in at under $60 for lunch for two, I'll definitely be going back. More so to try the breakfast menu. Last I heard prosciutto pancakes have found their way onto the menu. Oh yes.
Hello Preeti, great article. I could taste the burger as I read it! If it still sold hardware it would be blokes' paradise; checking out the tools and gear while having a coffee and a burger - heaven. Thanks again, regards, Tony