Duchess of Spotswood
87 Hudsons Road
Duchess of Spotswood is a bit of a drive away, but it’s not too bad on a Sunday morning when the traffic is quite light. Lured by the promise of delicious hearty breakfasts, I had high hopes, which the Duchess absolutely met and more. Well cooked quality produce with enticing quirky names.
Precise artwork. Hot and strong.
Prince of Wales - House Smoked Salmon, Horseradish Yoghurt, Poached Eggs & Brioche ($19.5)
This was a real surprise. I generally don’t order smoked salmon, just as I rarely order chicken when dining out, it doesn’t strike me as an exciting star of the dish. What I underestimated was this was house smoked, and it’s not your typical cold oily salmon sheets. They managed to get the soft supple fresh salmon beautifully wonderfully smoky and perfectly cooked. The horseradish yoghurt is mild & creamy with runny golden yolks. And that toasted brioche was airey & light.
Duchess of Pork - Crispy Pig’s Jowl with Fried Eggs, Rich Truffle Sauce & Sourdough Toast ($18.5)
Truffles from Western Australia, Congo Potatoes, Slow Cooked Egg, Creamy Truffle Sauce & Sourdough ($28)
Seduced by the truffle season drawing to a close soon, I couldn’t resist the special of the day. You have a gorgeous heap of shaved truffles, which look spectacular, piled atop an assortment of crispy mushrooms, coated in a rich almost too heavy truffle cream, with purple velvety fluffy congo potatoes. The slow cooked egg, wonderful little gems that they are, had soaked up the truffles’ aromas & flavour, and each bite was just magnificent. The slowness of the yolk, the creaminess of the truffle sauce, the velvetiness of the potatoes and the richness of the crisp mushrooms should have been the perfect combination but it was almost too heavy compared to the feather light truffle shavings.
I craved the surprising lightness of the house smoked salmon or the pork jowl. I had hoped for more brioche less sourdough, but the sourdough toasts were quite crunchy and light, and I appreciated the creamy pat of butter they set before us.
An assortment of enticing sweets, including glistening caramelised tarts. Hearty breakfasts not your usual brunch, which I absolutely loved. I’m looking forward to returning for the three-course dinners ($55) on Thursdays through to Saturdays.