It isn’t often you will find a Michelin chef at a suburban cafe, but Mr and Mrs Anderson in Hawthorn East are proving anything is possible.
Danish trained Chef Lasse “GD” Povlsen, has extensive experience working in some of the finest restaurants and cafes around the world. You may have seen him around Melbourne, flitting between favourites such as Cutler & Co., Attica, Cumulus and most recently as the Head Chef at cafe king Three Bags Full.
But Povlsen is not the only unusual thing about Mr and Mrs Anderson. This cafe is almost entirely a paddock to plate enterprise, with the majority of seasonal produce being grown on their very own farm in Gippsland. As co-owner Roulla Saisanas puts it “we’re Greek, so we are growing all our own stuff at home anyway – why not do it in a cafe too?”.
Having only opened in December last year, Mr and Mrs Anderson is already doing booming business. The menu is updated based on the seasons and what produce is available. Everything (except a sorbet on one of the breakfast desserts) is made in-house, and the difference in quality to other cafes is crystal clear.
We tried the warm breakfast salad (pictured above), a tasty array of grains, delicate roasted vegetables and glistening jewels of pomegranate. The fresh herbs from the farm and the perfectly soft boiled eggs meant the dish was fresh but filling and hearty coming into winter.
At the other end of the spectrum was the rich and satisying eggs benedict. Normally with an eggs bene, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen em’ all, but not so. The pulled pork terrine is hand pressed by Povslen and enriched with fresh celery, carrots and other wonders from the farm. The leek hollandaise is silky smooth, and the crispy fried sage sprinkled on top is a nice touch.
Not that there was any danger of leaving hungry, but we also tried the dark chocolate caramelised brioche. Previously done with white chocolate for the warmer months, this decadent breakkie dessert is not to be missed. The brioche is paired with dark chocolate matcha truffles, raspberry coulis, fresh berries, candied walnuts and edible flowers. It’s a cliche, but it truly is almost too pretty to eat.
While the menu may have a slightly European vibe, the coffee is supplied by Trading Plates’ favourite Axil Coffee Roasters, a local Melbourne roastery.
Our advice: get to Mr and Mrs Anderson before you have a Top Paddock-esque wait. The unique combination of a world-class chef and the freshly farmed food is not one to be missed.
Trading Plates were the guests of Mr and Mrs Anderson but all opinions are our own – we promise!
398 Tooronga Rd,
Hawthorn East VIC 3123