113 Hardware Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
With so much competition in town, cafes really need a point of difference, something that makes then stand out from the crowd. So last year when Hash Specialty Coffee and Roasters opened their doors, the desired wow factor came from their now trademark fairy floss hot chocolate. Made with 85% Mork chocolate and served with a substantial amount of fairy floss, the thick chocolate is poured over the fairy floss which dissolves into the mixture leaving you with a rich chocolate drink.
This theatrical drink is super rich and smooth, without being overly sweet. It’s so easy to drink you could easily consume a couple of them in one sitting and it’s not hard to see why it has become a ‘must do’ foodie experience in Melbourne.
But there is more to this place than just a fancy hot chocolate. Their contemporary menu is very much on trend, offering some really inventive dishes like the pistachio micro sponge (with apple purée, blueberry gel, raspberry poached rhubarb, crystallised white chocolate and freeze dried Apple) and the ham hock croquette (with minted garden pea smash, radish and fennel salad, buffalo mozzarella and chorizo with a smoked jalapeno dressing). Both of these dishes were enjoyable to eat . The sponge was light and fluffy with a really punchy pistachio flavour which was accentuated by gel and rhubarb. The croquettes on the other hand were more subtle. The crisp shell encased a soft filling with a small amount of ham hock in the middle. This was a little disappointing as we expected more hock given the name of the dish.
Just a warning, this place gets very busy on weekends. The space is a decent size with seating on two levels however it fills up quickly, so it may be best to visit in off peak times.