Short Straw (Invited)

Monday, March 20, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Short Straw is originally opened by the team behind Tall Timber, Coin Laundry, Homeslice Pizza, Touchwood, Marquis of Lorne, Rustica Canteen and many more Melbourne cafe's. It's very common to find big names in the food industry join ventures creating a new establishment, this time Hugh Hindle, Steve Rowley and Matt Vero opened Short Straw around a year go. It moved on since then.

This review is based on 3 visit on 3 consecutive month. The cafe it self was spacious but not much table for large group of people, plenty of 2-4 seats. They have a small area outside but mainly inside seatings decorated with wooden furnitures, white wall and strategically placed plants. We ordered Orange Juice, Skinny Cappuccino, Prana Chai and Breakfast Smoothies. The orange juice was not fresh but organics and the coffee was pretty decent. This chai latte was good with soy milk. Not too sweet and got a strong chai leaves with a touch of choco powder on the top of it. The appearance of the smoothies is interesting. A pinkish-purple color with some choco chips on the top of it. But the taste not as good as its appearance, this smoothies was a little bit watery and quite tasteless.

Short Straw Corn & Zucchini Fritters - sliced avocado, tomato chilli chutney and whipped goats cheese ($19) extra poached egg ($2). I find the fritters was pretty heavy and dense inside, I'm not a big fan of it but the outside was crunchy.

Banana Brioche French Toast - poached pear, pashmack, chantilly cream, maple ($16.5). The poached pear was beautifully made but sadly the brioche was pretty heavy and we only got a touch the cream so it does not help. The caramelised banana that comes with it was also pretty tough.

Poke Bowl - multigrain rice, cured sesame seed salmon, sweet corn, soya beans, avocado, fresh herbs and ponzu dressing ($16.5). We ordered poached egg with this dish, sadly they never come but this dish was my favourite among all. Everything in this dish was perfect for summer, light taste yet flavourful and everything was well made. I love it so much, I would come back for this. 

Ora King Salmon - crispy skin, wild rice, broad bean, pea salad, tomato and basil dressing ($20). This was my second favourite dish. The salmon was amazingly cooked, crispy skin but the meat was soft oil aromatic. The salad it self was well combined and suited for the salmon.

New York Style Bagels - poached chicken, avocado, tomato, chipotle mayo, spinach, fries ($17). The best thing on this dish was their chips, thinly cut, super flavourful and crunchy. The bagel it self was decent but I find the chicken a bit blend even though the meat it self was so tender.

Strength, Energy and Omega- coconut and tumeric chia seed pudding with puffed grains, granola, and fresh stone fruit ($14.5). The platting and the combination color of the dish is my favorite, it was beautiful and bring an elegant look. Texture of the pudding was great and taste of the tumeric not too strong but I still have it in my palate. Unfortunately the dish got a monoton taste. It was lack of grains and granola which make it tasteless, also the white peach didn't bring a sweet taste, but the density was great. On the other hand, this food doesn't make you feel sick because of the taste was less sweet. 

Persian Beef and Ancient Grain Salad- golden raisins, pistachio and green olive dressing, zatar spiced yoghurt ($20). This is a fresh dish that could clean your palate. Especially the zatar yoghurt make this salad fresh and quite sour.  It was really good if you mix it well. The beef was tasty and dominant. Unfortunately I didn't got the taste of pistachio in it. 

Eggs Benny- poached eggs, crispy potato and braised pork hash, wilted spinach and hollandaise ($19.5). This is a well balanced dish in terms of taste and texture especially between the potato and the spinach. The potato was crispy outside and compact in the inside which has a rich taste. The spinach was not too strong which is make this eggs benny contrast between each other.  If we eat the egg, spinach, and potato in the same time, you will get a perfect combination in your mouth. 

The service just alright. There were only 3 floor staff to handle the whole café included one barista. The waitress took quite a long time to take our orders, and if we need something they didn't have a fast responses, but the preparation of food and drinks were fine. They are actually friendly, but maybe each person got a lot of duty, therefore, we need to wait for their responses, I hope the speed can improve by adding more staffs.

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Short Straw
734b Glenferrie Rd
Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Monday-Sunday: 7am-4pm