After the Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell concert we decided to stay in town rather than expose ourselves to the inclement weather by wending our way home. So after a night at the Duxton we were wandering up Hay Street towards the station to train home, and stopped at Hydrant on Hay for breakfast.
Attached to the Mercure this little bar serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner, and drinks, throughout the day. It has a modern, simple set up, tables and chairs inside, with some high bench seating out on the footpath.
The breakfast menu consists of the usual suspects, and we went for a three egg omelette for Lady FWO, and spiced beans and eggs for me; along with a couple of coffees.
The coffee was pretty good – no attempt at coffee art, but the right strength and temperature, all round a fine cup.
The omelette – with a filling of cheese, onion, capsicum and mushrooms – hit the spot too – it was light and fluffy and the filling cooked well – some firmness to the vegetables, well–seasoned; it was served with a couple of hash browns, grilled tomato and a couple of slices of toasted Italian bread.
The hash browns were crisp, not at all oily, and inside beautifully moist. The tomato was actually grilled and warm – I have been to many places where the tomatoes at best are passed by a flame and still cold inside. These were as they should be.
My beans – cannellini – had obviously been house cooked – they were firm without being hard, tomato and onion had been fried and scattered through, and a mild sweet chilli sauce mixed in to provide a little spicy lift.
Again served with nicely grilled tomatoes, hash browns, and toasted Italian bread, the beans were an enjoyable start to the day. They were topped with a fried egg – still oozy and gooey when cut, lovely!
And so, replete, we went on to the station and home.
Hydrant on Hay turns out a pretty good breakfast – simple, basic, well-cooked fare and at a reasonable price.
There were quite a few customers around, and in an area where there is a lot of competition for the breakfast and coffee dollar this indicates they are doing something right.