Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Hairy Canary, Little Collins St, Melbourne

Hairy Canary, Little Collins St, Melbourne
Tuesday 16 January, 2007

This became our home away from home during our brief stay in Melbourne - breakfast on Sunday and Tuesday mornings and drinks on Sunday and Monday nights. This relaxed, casual space is a major find and I loved everything about it.

Enter via Little Collins and walk up the stairs into an open rectangle space. There's the bar directly in front of you and this runs almost the entire length of the wall. There's an open, light space to the left with lounges and small stool seats and benches to accommodate your drinks and meals. The rest of the space offers a smattering of tables and chairs that are basic, slightly wonky and not that comfortable. In the background is some of the best lounge music I have ever heard - think Chillout sessions, Cafe del Mar etc.

The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff are laid back and friendly and the menu is excellent ranging from great breakfast offerings, sensational cocktails, tapas inspired tasting plates and good coffee! What more could you ask for?

On Sunday morning my Melbourne buddy and I ordered the Eggs in Purgatory - two poached eggs served on top of a tomato, onion and fetta crumble served in a black iron pan. Wow! It was hot, spicy and the eggs were runny - for a breakfast-olic this was my dream breakfast - I've never experienced anything like it and the two thin slices of sourdough provided an opportunity to scoop up the mushy sauce of tomato, onion and fetta - yum.

On Sunday night we returned for cocktails on our way to Taxi Dining Room. We were frocked up but the staff remembered us from that morning. I ordered an Eve's Delight - Apple, basil, Mt Gay rum and Absolut vanilla. If you like the fresh taste of apples you would love this drink - I did.

On Monday night we returned again for another round of cocktails with friends. This time I ordered the M3 - Sloe gin served with lime, mandarin and a splash of frangelico and Good Evening Vietnam - passionfruit, Vietnamese mint and bacardi anejo over ice. Both were sensational and we could have easily stayed there all night.

This morning, whilst I was tempted to order Eggs in Purgatory again, I caved and ordered their eggs benedict. This was fabulous with thick creamy hollandaise drizzled over two poached eggs, salty jamon and a decent dollop of spinach on two small pieces of ciabata.

Next time I visit Melbourne you know where I'll be.

Hairy Canary - 212 Little Collins St, Melbourne - (03) 9654 2471



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