Posted July 18, 2011 by Jennifer Lam in Australia / VIC

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne

If I ever open a cafe, it would be exactly like this. It would be casual and cosy with a romantic charm; there would be fabulous and affordable breakfast and lunch options served on pretty plates, and there would be a gorgeous display of freshly baked sweet treats.

The Hardware Societe sums up my perfect kind of cafe. Plus, the lovely service just tops it off.

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - trays of macarons and other sweet treats

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - coffee

Zen orders the duck confit with calaspara rice, pinenut, dill and currant pilaf and wild roquette ($17) which tastes amazing. The pilaf is fresh and vibrant and complements the hearty duck confit brilliantly.

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - confit duck

I love my scallops and couldn’t resist having the scallops salad. There’s a generous number of plump juicy seared scallops with potato rosti, beetroot caponata, jamon and watercress ($17). It’s just so much awesomeness on this one plate!

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - scallops salad

Things get even better at the counter. There are drool-worthy trays of Danish pastry snails, croissants, canelés, macarons and more!

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - counter

So of course I had to get some macarons take-away for later.

The honey and lavender flavour turns out to be the best, closely followed by the lemon, and the raspberry & vanilla.

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - takeaway macarons

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne - macarons

It’s a shame The Hardware Societe is closed for the holidays, but if you’re in Melbourne after 23rd July, then don’t forget to add this quirky little cafe to your itinerary!

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The Hardware Societe
120 Hardware St Melbourne, VIC
Phone: (03) 9078 5992
Lunch from 11:30am – 2:30pm

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Jennifer Lam

Jennifer is the founder of I Ate My Way Through. Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. These days, you'll most likely find Jen blogging about slow & intentional living On The Slow Lane and sharing what she knows now about mindful parenting and play-based learning at Mama's Got This.