Mr and Mrs Anderson, Hawthorn
Hawthorn. Home to Swinburne, the Hawks, Anderson Park and now some top notch brunch at Mr and Mrs Anderson. The cafe is located on the corner of Anderson Road and Tooronga Road, and it makes for a perfect weekend city retreat. Food is vibrant and flavourful, that is as much of a feast for the senses, as it is for the eyes. Nicole and I headed along, ordering the pork belly, salmon poke bowl, white chocolate brioche and chia pudding. Solid coffee, friendly service and food prepared with farm fresh ingredients and in exciting combinations, makes Mr and Mrs Anderson an easy recommendation.
I grabbed in my friend Nicole for a last gasp weekend brunch. I don’t usually head over to Hawthorn way, but this made for a nice escape from the normal inner city options. Service is immediately welcoming and warm, and it’s clear the staff have a good rap with the locals here as well. To start things off we ordered the slow cooked pork belly with carrots, orange, broad beans, torn bread croutons, pork and port jus, poached egg, grilled onion and summer leaves. We loved the savoury mix on the dish and it makes for an enviable start to the morning. Crispy crackling and the jus brings together the components on the plate in a successful fashion.
Next up was the salmon poke bowl. This is prepared with sesame, soy, brown rice, white fungus, avocado, spring onion, macadamia, nori and pickled ginger. Fun fact: this was my first poke bowl and I was sold. This type of dish is a lighter start to the day (or any other meal time) and the Asian influences across the menu also does keeps things interesting. Creamy avocado and the white fungus make for especially tasty toppings and we enjoyed the macadamia which adds an entertaining crunch to the low carb bowl. Top quality salmon too.
My favourite dish of the occasion was Mr and Mrs Andersons’ signature dish, the caramelised white chocolate brioche. This is plated along with crystalised white chocolate, white chocolate matcha truffles, raspberry coulis and sorbet, fresh berries, walnuts and flowers. It’s not the biggest brioche piece here, but what you get is a rich white chocolate flavour that’s peppered with the vibrancy of the berries. Great if you’re a white chocolate fan like myself. The truffles are more white chocolate than they are matcha, they’d need a matcha filling to be befitting of the title. The sorbet and the cream are zesty and delicious additions.
Last up on our already satisfactory catchup was the coconut milk soaked chia seed pudding with buckwheat, coconut yoghurt, tasted coconut, cocoa nibs, with multi-texture blueberries and flowers. This was Nicole’s fave with the coconuty chia embellished with the sweet tastes and textures of the topping. A light way to finish things off for our afternoon. All in all, we were thrilled with our time at Mr and Mrs Anderson. There’s plenty of worthwhile treats to give a go, and they come both naughty and nice.
Note: author dined at invitation of the restaurant