25 Jun Avocado Art at Short Straw – Hawthorn
You won’t draw the short straw at Short Straw, Hawthorn. Chef Jose Chavez (Stones of the Yarra Valley, Collective Espresso) takes Short Straw under his credentialed belt. The food has a healthy slant. Coffee is an undercover blend from Undercover Roasters. It’s raining cats and dogs in Melbourne and we’re keen to spend our Millennial cash on avocado smashes 😉 .
The interior by CJ Wright, fills the two-room design, with natural light. A glimpse of the back room, with hanging succulents, wide skylights and a coffee painted mural, would comfortably fit on any ‘interior’ pinterest board. Swaying away from hideous freak shakes, Short Straw’s menu has a healthy fresh focus. The onset of Winter means ‘naughtier’ additions have joined the table.
For a cheeky sweet, the brioche french toast, arrives with a poached pear, fairy floss and caramelised bananas.
The wild mushrooms, with crispy polenta is a fan favourite. The truffle cream embracing our cold tired bodies. This was a ‘Winter special’, but let’s hope this stays on the menu!
Avocado smashes have gotten a bad rep, from old men in suits. “How dare you spend your money on smashed avocado”; they say, whilst accepting Daddy’s spare 50K. I apologise, let me save my $20 per week, to fulfil my goals of becoming a Toorak yummy mummy. Short Straw’s Avo art is avocado smash, avante garden. It’s avocado on steroids, with slivers of the Millennial fruit, creating a Garden of Eden. Sorry old men in suits. I ate it. Enjoyed it and I guess I’m homeless now?
Serving the locals for a little over the year, the food is more simplistic than inventive. If you’re looking for Kim chi risottos or charcoal activated pancakes – this isn’t the place. But if you’re looking for wholesome, healthy food, Short Straw can tick your boxes. We deliberately swayed over to the naughty options, but a lil’ birdy tells me, that a new Winter menu has arrived.
Eggs Benny w/ Crispy Potato, Braised Pork hash, Wilted spinach, Hollandaise