Hammer and Tong looks like any other trendy, modern Australian cafe. Exposed ceilings and or walls, lots of wood tones and quirky antique store decor – all that shit you come to expect in Melbz. I already knew what I was going to order when we rolled up, but I took to my normal role of coercing others to order my second choice. BTW, Charlie is an arm model.Great success: both Charlie and Denise ordered the corn and zucchini fritters. Fried to a crispy, deep brown and moist and bready on the inside, these were accompanied perfectly by some fresh avo, grated manchego, tomato relish, spinach and a quivering poached egg. A substantial plate of food and a delicious brunch dish. Good portion for $17. Definitely filling.
But the crab sandwich stood out. A whole, crispy, meaty crab was embedded between soft brioche halves and paired with a juicy slaw and fresh cilantro. I don't like when cilantro stems get thrown in there because they're v. difficult to chomp in half, but otherwise this was a bangin' sandwich. Plus, it rang in at $16, which is less than the veggie corn and zucchini dish. Cheap seafood is my goal in life, yo. And, yes – it's taken only a few months for me to go from thinking that the $16 lobster roll on the streets of NYC was expensive to now thinking that a kind-of small crab on a sandwich for $16 is cheap. That might give you some perspective on the realities of living in Australia.
Hammer & Tong 412: Rear 412 Brunswick St., Fitzroy, Vic, 3065. 03 9041 6033