412 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065 ph (03) 9041 6033 (enter from Westgarth St)
Hammer and Tong joins the vibrant cafe scene in Fitzroy as an all day eatery. I've heard that it gets crazy busy on the weekends, so Bubs and I popped in for a mid week brunch a few weeks back to try and avoid the crowds!
Starting off with an excellent mocha ($3.9) that helped ease the tension of morning traffic on Alexandra parade.
Bubs and I shared a Spiced Corn Fritters, with avocado, sour cream, chili jam, tomato and poached egg ($17). Bubs is crazy for eggs at the moment so we added an extra poached egg for $3.5. I don't usually like big round fritters (yes I prefer them flat like a pancake!) but these tasted awesome with the spices, super good looking on the outside and lovely and 'corny' on the inside (like a good man? Boom boom!) The flavours were amazing and I especially liked the dehydrated corn scattered on the leaves for the extra texture they add to the dish.
The atmosphere is relaxed and the tables are spaced wide enough for pram parking. The wait staff are cool but more importantly attentive and helpful with my requests, and also quite friendly to Bubs. I've heard that their soft shell crab sliders are out of this world so we will definitely be back for another visit.