Hash Hot Chocolate $6
I’ve noticed that as of late, Mörk Chocolate has been popping up at cafes all around Melbourne as the brand of choice when it comes to serving hot chocolate. I had my first taste of Mörk at Baba Sus, and then again while waiting in line at 6am for Lune. And now I am having it in the form of this cute little setup at Hash ☕
The relatively new cafe is located on Hardware Lane a bit further down from the likes of Hardware Société and Nieuw Amsterdam. There are no clear signages at the front except for a big block with the “hash” sign in a speech bubble as a mark that you are indeed at the right place.
Thanh and I were seated at the communal table with the really high chairs near the front which were somewhat tricky for us short peeps to get on! Besides that, there were some smaller tables scattered around the barista counter – partly separated by wooden boards, more bigger individual tables were located at the back, along with some outdoor tables, and additional seating upstairs. For a small place, I think that they managed to make use of the space very well.
Smashed Peas & Glazed Bacon $18.5
We ordered the smashed peas with glazed bacon pieces topped with potato hash, poached egg, mint and smoky aioli on the side. The peas tasted a bit bland but the sticky and slightly sweet bacon pieces were utterly delicious! Sort of like candied bacon that was also juicy and chewy 😛
As for the hot chocolate, the Mörk chocolate (with 85% cacao) is served in a conical flask and a tower of fairy floss in a cup. The idea is that by pouring the hot chocolate all over the top, the tower of floss will collapse onto itself and this helps to sweeten the otherwise bitter chocolate. Be warned: it can get pretty messy if the tower falls to one side. I had to push my fairy floss down a bit to try and avoid this.
I feel like it’s a safe assumption that most people who come here for the hot chocolate – order it mostly for the theatrics. I am no different although this isn’t the first time that I had come across an idea like this. I have seen it in the form of a snow affogato at Cafe Maji in California but chose not to try it as I am not a big fan of coffee.
The dense bitterness from the chocolate made me quite thirsty in between sips. We were served carbonated water by default which I didn’t care for very much. But I had already brought my own bottle of water so I didn’t ask for a swap.
Thanks Thanh for the spontaneous snap! 🙂
Overall, the service here was good and we had no issues on our end. All in all I would come back here again if for no other reason than to show an out-of-towner how quirky Melburnians can be with their beverages!
Cosy place serving up hot chocolates with theatrics. Would recommend to come for the food here instead.
Hash Speciality Coffee & Roasters
113 Hardware Lane,
Melbourne VIC 3000