Axil Coffee Roasters
A common criticism of food bloggers is that most of our reviews are written after only visiting an establishment once. It is argued that for fairness, a place should ideally be visited three times so that a more informed conclusion about the food quality and service level can be reached. While I can appreciate the logic behind this, the unfortunate reality is that bloggers, unlike paid professionals, just simply don’t have the resources to do this.
In this case however, it just so happens that I have visited Axil three times prior to writing. When my backlog of things to write about gets a bit long, the first to drop off the list are the cheaper eateries close to home as they are the easiest to revisit. Sadly, this has resulted in Axil being pushed back and pushed back until now (also, sorry Momotaro Ramen, I will get to you soon…)
Most recently, I had the ‘steak and egg’ ($22).
Minute steak, poached egg, asparagus and potato hash were piled high in a stack and served with béarnaise sauce. The steak was tender and the sauce was suitably buttery without overpowering everything else. The greens were cooked perfectly and provided balance to the fatty richness of the rest of the meal. The only real let down was the potato hash – it was a little mushy and lacked crispiness.
In a previous visit I had the corn fritters with avocado, chilli tomato relish and poached egg ($17.50), which were adequate but not that exciting. The chilli relish was a tad oily and lacked the spicy kick I was expecting. On another occasion I had a short rib sandwich (no longer on the menu): the beef was melt-in-the-mouth soft but I remember the bread being too thick for the amount of filling.
The coffee, as expected, is excellent. The food is decent, however there always seems to a be a few elements which make it fall short of ‘amazing’, and it is also at the pricier end of the scale. I will still continue to visit Axil due to its location, but I wouldn’t travel for it.Axil Coffee Roasters 322 Burwood Road Hawthorn