'That' eggs benedict and 'That' hollandaise sauce are good
With so many great cafes around Melbourne for breakfast, we were certainly spoiled with choices. As a result, we couldn't decide on where to eat, so we let our instinct decide and it brought us to That Place.
That Place Cafe
While walking along Bourke Street, we spotted this small cosy cafe called "That Place" at the corner of Hardware Lane and Bourke Street. It is a family owned and run business which strives on four principles - great food, great coffee, great atmosphere and great service.
There is a wide selection on their breakfast menu including a daily special. The staff at the counter were friendly and warm. She recommended us to try eggs benedict breakfast set with their special hollandaise sauce.
No breakfast is complete without a cup of coffee. I ordered a cup of mocha to satisfy my daily dose of caffeine addiction. It was aromatic and smooth with a sweetness level that was just nice. The drink was just slightly a bit chocolatey for me but nonetheless still good!
After a short wait, the eggs benedict set arrived. It looked so delicious with wobbly-poached eggs on sourdough, toast with Jim's double smoked ham, wilted spinach and topped with generous spread of hollandaise sauce. Once the egg is cut open, the runny yolk flowed out, dressed the ham and soaked the toast. It was indeed a hearty breakfast to kick start the day.
Ham and Cheese Croissant
We also ordered a croissant with ham and cheese which had already been prepared. It was lightly toasted before it was served. The melted cheese tasted soft and the croissant was quite fresh and flaky on the outside.
Besides coffee and food, the decoration in the cafe is quite interesting as well. The wall is adorned with blackboard menu on one section and another with photo frames. Some of the tables had centrepiece with tropical fruit theme (e.g. pineapple). There is also a small al-fresco style dining at the side of the restaurant on Hardware Lane.
Plastic cup lamp shade
My favourite piece of deco in this cafe is the hanging rounded lamp shade. They are made from recycled paper/plastic cups clipped together with paper clip to form a large ball with light bulbs enclosed in the middle. I thought it was a clever idea as it is environmental-friendly too. Not sure if it was made by the owner, but it's an interesting lamp shade!
The cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and drinks from 7.30am to 4pm, Monday through Saturday. You can subscribe to their social media page to receive update on daily lunch special for $10. Next time if you are hungry, just go to That Place to fill your tummy! Oh, it also offers gluten-free meals on the menu.