Brunch at Hobba was a special occasion; mainly because someone managed to convince our anti-brunch foodie to come along and pay an exorbitant amount of money for ‘breakfast food’ :P Located on busy Malvern Rd, this converted tyre-fitting shop is bright and airy, very hip and features a funky menu to match.
A breakfast fry-up of egg, slab bacon and tomato arrived on a bed of bubble and squeak.
The ‘reuben monsieur’ was an interesting mash-up; corned beef and cheesy bechamel with some pickled carrot for sweetness.
Creamy horseradish panna cotta with grilled asparagus, hazelnut crumb and slow poached egg was a great combination. However, why you wouldn’t serve toast with poached eggs and cream by default is beyond me (extra $1 for toast).
Our orders also dipped into the requisite burger menu, with the pulled pork burger (slow-roasted pork shoulder, mozarella, and pickles on brioche, with some lettuce to lessen the guilt slightly) receiving a thumbs up.
The menu at Hobba does go beyond standard breakfast fare and is worth trying. It is, however, a bit on the expensive side considering the small portions (let’s just say we didn’t manage to change S’s stance on brunch), and probably not a venue I’d visit regularly.