I must have driven past the Hardware Store Cafe every week for the past year and (until recently) not ventured inside. This week my dad was with me and as he can’t go half an hour without a cup of tea we stopped in. It was the quiet midweek period around 3pm so we were able to snag one of the prime parking spots right outside.
The cafe is decked out like an old-fashioned hardware store with exposed brick and tradie tools displayed on the walls. Tables are made of wooden pallets, topped with glass and stools are of the industrial type. When you’re dining with your dog (like we did with Annie) you only have two outside tables to choose from. They’re low wire reels outside on the pavement, that weren’t very comfortable but were very overlooked by people visiting the shop next door. For comfort, I couldn’t recommend it for a proper meal but it was fine for a quick tea stop.
The lunch menu is not large but it is varied with zucchini fritters ($19), parmesan chicken ($24) and feta summer salad ($21). I also took a look at the breakfast menu which was larger with the full breakfast “Toolbox” ($24), breakfast tortilla ($21) and Seasonal fruit salad ($12) There seemed to be a push towards healthy foods and I was impressed by the lack bread that you usually see with every item, its just a shame that everything seems to be priced on the high side.
We ordered a pot of tea (English breakfast, $5), a skinny latte ($4.20) and couple of muffins ($5.50 each). The tea was perfect but the coffee a bit bitter; the muffins were lovely and fluffy though. The drinks came quickly but we had to specifically ask for the muffins to be warmed up after they arrived cold. The waitress did rush out with a bowl of water for Annie the moment we arrived however.
The location is unarguably convenient for my drive home but as the outside seating is not very comfortable to sit at and its quite expensive for what you get so I won’t be rushing to return.
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