On the weekend my companion and I went to Hutch & Co in Lilydale after hearing so many good things about it. I was super excited and looking forward to my brunch date. When walking in I noticed that the cafe was really busy but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The warehouse ambiance with the globe drop lighting set the mood for a great time.
After being shown to a table we were given menus and asked what we wanted to drink. I of course chose my usual weak latte. Before we even looked at the menu the waitress asked us if we knew what we wanted. With a slightly confused look I said that we would need to look over the menu first. While waitress 1 went to put our drink order in, waitress 2 came within the minute and asked us if we were ready to order. Umm nope, still looking!
After receiving our drinks I ordered the brekkie roll which was on a brioche bun with fried egg, bacon, spinach, house made relish with a hash brown. My companion chose a dish that I cannot remember the name of but it consisted of baked beans, smoked ham, halloumi (I think) and other things cooked in a beautiful rich sauce.
My companion’s dish was really tasty, full of flavour and I had total food envy. My brekkie roll sadly lacked flavour and was quite ordinary. The only thing that stood out was the house made relish and what was because it was way too thick and way too sweet. I was a bit sad as my coffee was quite ordinary too. Was nice and smooth but lacked flavour and depth.
Not long after we had finished a waitress came and whisked our plates away, the same happened when we finished our drinks as well. We were not asked if we wanted more food or drink and felt as though this was a fast food shop where they just want to clear tables.
Now don’t get me wrong, the waitresses were pleasant but in robotic motion where because of the volume of people they just wanted to get people to eat and then leave. This sadly had me on edge and I found it very difficult to relax and enjoy my company. That accompanied with the high volume of noise I really didn’t have a nice relaxing brunch.
All up with food, coffee, service and ambience, I give Hutch & Co a 7/10. I would possibly be back to try something new and maybe on a week day? I would also like to thank Kim O, Susan C, Justine JH and Yvonne C for their suggestion.
Annie Bean xx