Whenever I catch up with my friend in Melbourne, I always let her pick the café as she always picks a good place to go. On this visit back to Melbourne, my friend suggested that we go to Short Straw in Hawthorn, and I happily agreed. Off the busy Glenferrie road, Short Straw is hidden away but is popular enough that it was still busy when I arrived.
The space itself isn't big but they have used the space well and it doesn't feel cramped at all. I sat in amazement as I looked at all the overhead storage that held all the extra almond milk, tea, coffee and other café supplies. Although it was not just their storage solutions that I admired, I also admired the variety in the menu. There were a number of options, and despite the fact that I'm not vegetarian or vegan, I liked how many vegan options there were.
Although, so many choices did have its downside as there were so many options on the menu that I really wanted to try. Ultimately, I decided on the Holy-Halloumi bagel and chips as it sounded interesting and it's not something I would normally make at home. We then chatted and admired the establishment as we waited for our meals to arrive, but we didn't have to wait long before they arrived.
The chips were crunchy and delicious, while the salad in the bagel perfectly balanced saltiness of the fried halloumi. The bagel itself was also delicious, and I loved all the sesame seeds that were on top of the bagel. My only minor complaint was that I would have preferred aioli for my chips instead of BBQ sauce, but since the rest of the meal was so great, I didn't mind.
I'm really glad that my friend suggested this place, and I can't wait for next visit to Melbourne, to see where she takes me next!