A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published April 16th 2014
Meeting All Your Kneads
Knead Bakers, in Burwood Road, Hawthorn (not far from Hawthorn Town Hall) must surely be one of the most reasonably priced cafes in Hawthorn. Just around the corner in Glenferrie Road, you would pay much more for brunch than at Knead and, because it's a bit out of the main stream of Glenferrie Road traffic, Knead tends to be quieter than its near neighbours. Bonus!
Knead Bakers makes its own preserves (image credit: Knead Bakers' Facebook page)
We went there for brunch. I suggested Knead because my partner Dave said he felt like just having 'a piece of toast' to eat - but it had to be good toast. So a bakery seemed like the perfect option.
Knead has a laid back, relaxed feel to it; quite a homely place. The staff are very friendly. As well as the standard tables and chairs, in one part of the cafe there is a long padded bench seat with cushions, which looks comfortable.
Inside Knead Bakers
There is a blackboard menu offering a range of breakfast/brunch options. We could have chosen Eggs Benedict for $12 or a Big Brekky for $15. But instead I chose ricotta hotcakes with spiced berries ($10.50), while Dave stuck with the toast, though did at least decide to go with fruit toast (all toast $5).
My hotcakes were light, moist and tasty, and I had no trouble finishing the lot! The fruit coulis that came with the dish was subtly spicy. Overall it was a pleasant dish. The presentation was not outstanding but okay.
Ricotta Hotcakes with Spiced Berries
Dave enjoyed the toast also. There were actually three slices of toast when the plate arrived, but by the time I shot the photo, there were only two! Magic. Dave was particularly impressed with the 'fruits of the forest jam' served with the toast. Knead makes its own preserves.
Fruit toast. Hmmm I'm sure there were three slices!
Adding to the atmosphere is the fact that bread, cakes and pies sold in the store are all made by Knead; that warm, inviting smell of baking greets you as you walk in. There is an impressive array of breads available. I managed to resist buying bread on this occasion but you could, for example, choose an Olive and Rosemary Loaf for $5.50 or a Sourdough Fruit Loaf, also $5.50.
This is one we'll definitely return to. It's worth putting on your list for a visit.