High Society, Armadale, Melbourne
The name High Society might evoke impressions of another classic Melbourne cafe, but the experience here in leafy Armadale is a more relaxed one and all the better for it. You’ll still find some photo-worthy food backed up with great service and a pleasant ambience.
High time for brunch
My friend Jo and I headed over to this part of the city, and it’s one that I always enjoy. Armadale boasts designer furniture shops, boutique fashion, homeware and anything else the modern suburban family requires. And new to new-ish to High Street is the High Society cafe. The style is minimal and the vibe is slower pace, so we found it more conducive for a casual start to the day, especially compared to the bustle of the more inner city options.
For drinks, it’s always fun to be daring and I went for the blue mermaid latte. It’s definitely blue and I suppose it tastes a little like mermaid – assuming mermaids taste like subtle coconut and ginger. I didn’t dislike it, but it won’t be replacing my caffeine shots. Also available: the yellow turmeric latte and the red velvet one too. Classic matcha is available so all your favourite colours are available. Speaking of colourful, let’s get to the food!
We shared two dishes from High Society and it was tough work deciding. They offer a wide range of classic breakfast favourites, most with modern twists. Think blue corn tacos, ham hock Benedict and halloumi stacks (which looked great).
With the sage wisdom of the staff we went for the big breakfast ($24) and the pancake stack ($19). The former was far ahead our preferred dish and it is indeed big. It was plenty for us to share with salmon, avocado, chorizo, mushrooms, pumpkin puree, dukkah eggs, kale, spinach, grilled tomatoes and bread soldiers. All on one plate.
There was a lot to love about this dish. The best avocado I’ve had in a long time (amazingly creamy – how?), the charred chorizo and the dukkah eggs with that lovely, spiced crunch. The pumpkin puree was a nice surprise addition that made the spinach and kale part of the excitement.
The pancakes were also impressive but it was just too much for us. We managed our way through one comfortably and then struggled for a second. You won’t leave High Society hungry that’s for sure. The cool mix of fresh and dried fruit keeps the stack interesting, with even the base chocolate sauce really tasty.
That wraps up our experience with High Society in Armadale. A great little cafe offering a lovely start to the day with food to treat your tastebuds, and eyes with.
Note: author dined on invite of the restaurant