Chaplain’s Office – The Overview…
Located in an old, you-guessed-it, Chaplain’s Office, it’s easy to enjoy the spacious high ceilings of the light filled interior, or the large courtyard of this quirky, Hawthorn cafe. Time it right and you’ll even hear church organs or the choir too!
Food: Crispy Chicken Bun, Coconut Yoghurt Breakfast Bowl, Corn, Feta and Coriander Fritters, Smoothies
It’s a little hard to find – you need to be brave enough to venture down the side street to actually spot it, and it’s not on the main Glenferrie Road thoroughfare – but this just helps add to its charm. Inside there are two sections, the larger one being filled with smaller dark wood tables while there are a couple of larger communal/big group tables too. Outside tables are scattered among the trees and you feel like you’re at a garden event, or a tea party – it is so relaxing.
While it’s unique space alone makes it well worth a visit, the food and service pass the test too. The menu revolves around mostly standard brunch dishes with a Middle Eastern or Asian twist thrown in. We tried the fritters, chicken burger and the coconut yoghurt breakfast bowl. The fritters were a great dish with 3 quite large fritters, avo, chorizo and an egg. We were really glad they added the chorizo to this one and felt the dish needed the extra lift it brought. Even more chorizo would have made us even happier. It’s definitely one of those dishes where you want to get a bit of everything on your fork to fully appreciate the flavours.
The chicken burger came stuffed with small pieces of crispy fried chicken. I loved the idea of this – an opposite to having just one deep fried chicken patty. The chicken had a great crunch and combined well with the creamy coleslaw to make this a tasty burger. There were plenty of chips on the side of this one too, so it’s a filling lunch option. This one’s new to the menu, and hopefully they’ll continue to play with it, and add some more creative versions moving forward.
Finally, the coconut yoghurt bowl was a perfect dish. They’ve absolutely nailed the flavours and the balance of items on the plate here. It was fresh and delicious. As well as looking really pretty, I wasn’t left wanting for more of less of anything. I finished the last bite and was looking around on the plate to work out what was left – you know how there’s always some part of it you have too much of? – but I’d licked that plate clean without even knowing it. Genuinely one of the best vegan dishes Suzie Scribbles have had the pleasure of trying.
We paired our food with some of their yummy smoothies (not on the menu you have to check out the specials board for this). While I initially worried my option would taste too healthy, it was crisp and fruity and had such a thin consistency. It was closer to a juice than a smoothie in that respect which made it all the more refreshing and easy to drink! Definitely don’t be scared to venture off the well trodden path to try this little beauty!
Address: 5 St Columbs Street, Hawthorn
Mon 7am to 4pm
Tue 7am to 4pm
Wed 7am to 4pm
Thu 7am to 4pm
Fri 7am to 4pm
Sat 7am to 4pm
Sun 7am to 4pm
Parking: There’s actually a fair bit of parking nearby for 1 or 2 hours. You might have a few minutes walk to the cafe but it was actually much easier to find a spot than I expected.
Getting here on PT: I’d say it’s easily walkable from Glenferrie Station, and about a 5 minute walk (if that) from Glenferrie Road and the 16 tram (alight at Burwood Road).
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Chaplain’s Office, Hawthorn. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a restaurant won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.