Sardi is a Hawthorn cafe located a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Victoria Street. It is located right on a corner which provides the cafe with an ample amount of sunlight which gives the cafe a warm and welcoming feel. I’ve been here a few times and in this blog will take your through the last time we brunched here with a few friends.
The popular dish of the day was the wild mushroom ragout that was served with garlic, kale and shaved parmesan on sourdough. This was ordered by both myself as well as one other person in the group. I was feeling like a more filling breakfast so elected to add on two poached eggs. This was a deliciously rich dish. The ragout was creamy and the tender mushrooms added pops of flavour and also provided a texture contrast.
The second dish we ordered was the pea and haloumi fritters. The fritters came in two variations; we chose the option with blistered tomatoes, salmon and an avocado salsa. This is a great dish for those looking for something a bit more filling. The pea and haloumi fritters made a bit of a change to the usual corn fritters and I like that they were grilled, not fried – this made them a bit less greasy.
The third dish we ordered was the classic big brekky. This came with eggs your way (we chose scrambled), bacon, mushroom, spinach, saganaki and avocado. The inclusion of saganaki added a touch of difference to an otherwise pretty standard cafe dish. The bacon was nice and crispy though!
Overall, this was a very enjoyable dining experience. The brunch dishes served up are delicious and the venue is nice and cozy. Definitely worth a visit if you live in the area!