Posted by Jenny L on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 with No comments
Hammer and tong is an Australian slang, meaning to put all one's effort and power into something. So pretty much, go hard or go home. In the eating world, Hammer & Tong 412 on Brunswick Street has brought their A game and is here to stay.
The space is narrow yet roomy, elongated by large windows, an open kitchen and spots of hanging greenery. Fitted with greys, browns and industrial trimmings, there was a rather toughened elegance vibe to the place.
Skinny Flat White
Soy Chai Latte
Soft Shell Crab Burger
Finally, Melbourne's most talked about Soft Shell Crab Burger ! A peek between the buttery brioche buns revealed a slightly flat yet crispy whole soft shell crab, fresh springs of coriander, cabbage slaw and a generous dollop of sriracha mayo. There were a medley of flavours in each bite - sweet, salty, crunchy and a modest hit of chilli. Being a lover of spicy food, I would have loved to see a little more heat packed in, but nonetheless a finger lickin' good burger.
Eggs on Toast
E had serious cravings for eggs, and decided to construct her own ideal meal, with Eggs on Toast as a foundation. Adding on side dishes of avocado & feta mash and tomato, E's dish turned out to be a bit of a DIY assembly. A poke of a perfectly poached egg bathed her thin slices of sourdough in a glorious liquid of gold .
Corn & Zucchini Fritters
JK ordered the Corn & Zucchini Fritters - crisp and golden on the outside, yet soft, fluffy and 'corny' on the inside. It was a well balanced dish with a poached egg, avocado wedges, flecks of manchego, spinach, and a touch of chilli tomato relish. JK was singing praise from the moment she first sunk her teeth into her dish.
Despite a slow start, having to stand outside enduring Melbourne's four seasons, all was forgiven when the food and drinks came out. There really isn't much not to like about Hammer & Tong 412 - they've certainly hit the nail on the head.
Hammer & Tong 412