I marvelled at the transformation which Hardware Lane in downtown Melbourne had undergone in the past decade. From a grungy, dilapidated back-lane into a pleasant cafe-lined little thoroughfare, with trees and shrubs, nowadays. In the middle of this stretch of eateries is White Mojo, which would be my cafe of choice when I’m in the vicinity. And like most Melbourne cafes, they open pretty early (7am onwards on weekdays, 8am on Saturdays & Sundays) but close around 4pm/5pm.
White Mojo serves of the best coffee in town - beautifully-poured cappuccino here.
Spicy chorizo, smoked belly bacon, lemon-and-ricotta green pea mash, homemade hash brown, tomato kasoundi, roasted mushroom & tomato on organic sourdough bread was more-ish. I’m quite intrigued by the widespread use of “kasoundi”, a Bengali condiment, in many cafes’ breakfast/brunch plates around Melbourne. Of course, the Oz version, with its tomato-ey red sauce , is far removed from the characteristic mustard-yellow of the “real” kasoundi.
115 Hardware Street
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Tel: +613 9078 8119
Opening hours: 7am-4pm Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Sat-Sun.