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Pete and I were in Melbourne last weekend for Sarah’s memorial service.

On Sunday morning, our friends David and Maree took us to a cafe in Spotswood, which boasted a most unusual breakfast menu (click on the photo above, plus this link, for a better look). Situated in a former industrial area, this little venue was hidden in a quiet line of mostly closed shops.  The place was packed.

I had an inkling of what was to come when the waitress informed us that the specials of the day were crumbed lambs’ brains with gentlemen’s relish (not made from naughty body parts, although I did ask), and home-smoked trumpeter. The breakfast menu offered black pudding, Cumberland sausage, yabbies, ox tongue, field mushrooms, pig’s jowls and more.

Pete had the Poetry (In Motion), a selection of prunes, walnuts, orange zest and yoghurt, served with homemade oat biscuits…

I couldn’t go past their signature Duchess of Pork dish.  In true Miss Piggy fashion, I also ordered a side of the most amazing black pudding I’d ever tasted.  The Duchess was a delectable concoction of shredded and reassembled crispy pig’s jowl served with fried eggs, truffle sauce and a thick slab of sourdough toast…

Maree ordered the Prince of Wales, a warm cured salmon fillet plated on a bed of asparagus, watercress and spinach, and served with potato bread and poached eggs…

Dave ordered the King’s Woodcock (not the Full English as I mistakenly wrote earlier – my pedantic friend has rung to correct me). It came with scrambled eggs, chutney and lamb sausages, and a side order of homemade black pudding (Dave also said that I had to point out that the black pudding was made inhouse)…

Melbourne is a long way from Sydney, but we might need to fly down again just to try out a few more dishes from this wonderful menu!

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Duchess of Spotswood
87 Hudsons Road
Spotswood   VIC  3015
Phone (03) 9391 6016

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