Having eaten such fantastic eggs yesterday at The Premises in Kensington, I was inspired to explore the other side of town for decent brunch spots. We decided to head down to Hawthorn after church.
Liar, Liar sits just off Glenferrie Road, a normally busy area which I don’t frequently er...frequent. Luckily this Sunday it was quite deserted – I guess most people are on holidays or enjoying the sunshine at the parks nearby.
The small cafe was full when we arrived, so we added our name to the waiting list and were seated after about 5 minutes. I was happy that we got a seat outdoors – my Vitamin D definitely needed a top up!
The decor was more industrial modern and edgy – all dim and red and contemporary, with full length glass windows and steel fittings, down lights, dark wooden tables – less rustic and bohemian than the west side and Fitzroy cafes that I’m used to. I prefer places that are less minimalistic, with more character.
Their drinks menu is quite extensive – there were many freshly made juices, shakes and smoothies that looked really appetizing! But I hadn’t had my morning coffee that day yet...plus, this place was known for their coffee, so I decided to stick to my usual.
Our drinks arrived looking absolutely gorgeous – some of the nicer looking coffee art I’ve seen. Tasted quite decent too; I was happy with my cappuccino.
I was glad they served all day breakfast – some cafes don’t, and nothing is more frustrating than heading out, looking forward to eating brunch food and hearing that only the lunch menu is available after 12pm...
Smashed avocado – feta and avocado smash + 2 poached eggs + honey glazed bacon + dukkah on toast
Ricotta hotcakes, served with berry coulis + almond cream + maple syrup
I thought Liar, Liar’s breakfast options were rather uninspired. There were the usual fruit/muesli/granola, eggs and toast (with extras), omelettes, eggs Florentine/Atlantic/Benedict, hotcakes, and their ‘Big Fat Liar’ and ‘Big Fat Vegie’ which looked like the standard big breakfasts that are served everywhere...
I was disappointed in the unexciting choices, because I guess I usually like to try (not necessarily NEW, but more) different flavours. I get excited by ingredients such as walnuts, spices, pumpkin, beetroot, sardines, spiced beans, sumac yoghurt, tahini, saffron aioli, and interesting cheeses like gruyere and haloumi, etc.
However, simple ingredients, if prepared well, can be made heavenly...sadly this was not the case here today. Our meals were well presented, and tasted fine, but they were nothing special or outstanding. It wasn’t bad, but definitely not memorable. There was no wow-factor.
If this was my local cafe, I'd drop by for a coffee. But it's not a place I'd drive out of my way for.
Ratings (based on my own experience, on this occasion):
Food – 5 / 10
Service – 6 ½ / 10
Value for money – 5 ½ / 10
OVERALL CONSENSUS: 2 ½ bags (out of 5)