It was the large, sunlit space and the desire for a break from our regular Axil that originally drew us into Hawthorn Common. Little did we know of its ‘wholefood’ ethos until then.
Impressively, nearly every food process is done internally – they roast their own coffee beans, bake their own bread (from their own house-milled flour, of course), roll their own oats and culture their own yoghurt.
I ordered the ‘flan’ (not the dessert… not sure how this dish got its name, actually). The tender cured trout went well with its natural partner, beetroot. There was quite a bit of beetroot, taking grated, cubed and sliced forms; there was perhaps a little more than would be inferred from the ‘beetroot relish’ specified on the menu. I’m a fan of it though, so it didn’t bother me too much. Pickled onions added some sharp accents into the mix and the herby baked ricotta was an interesting alternative to eggs. The accompanying slices of sweet and buttery house-made brioche added a touch of indulgence to an otherwise very healthy dish.
Bob had poached eggs on toast with a side of bacon and something else he ordered purely out of curiosity – “spinach raisin cheddar”. As it turns out, this was just what it sounded like: wilted spinach tossed with raisins and melted cheese. It was a surprisingly good combination. I think spinach raisin cheddar might be featuring in our kitchen regularly from now on.
Hawthorn Common does the sustainable thing well. There’s no air of moral superiority here – just fresh, top-notch food and down-to-earth service. You won’t regret it.Hawthorn Common 302 Burwood Road Hawthorn