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After an enjoyable first visit to Duchess of Spotswood last year, I figured it was high time a return visit took place. So whilst mulling over venues for a brunch session with Mr TMF, we decided on DoS.
The venue was just as busy as it was previously, and we had to wait for 10 minutes for a table.
Selection of beverages.
Duchess of Pork - crispy pig’s jowl with fried eggs, rich truffle sauce, and sourdough toast.
Again, I couldn’t bring myself to order something so rich and heavy for breakfast, but luckily for me, Mr TMF did and I was able to steal a bite. It was everything I had envisioned and more. The pig’s jowl had a pulled pork texture and was very tender. But it was the aromatic flavour imparted by the truffle shavings and oil that stole the show.
Breakfast of Champignons - potato and barley hash, with field mushrooms, duxelle, Stilton, poached eggs and toast.
In the mood for mushrooms, I ended up ordering the breakfast of champignons dish again. The mushrooms were gorgeously tender, and the hash brown possessed a crispy crunch. The overly-salty flavour that I had encountered the first time around wasn’t an issue this time. I did, however, find the flavour of the Stilton cheese to be quite pungent and overpowering, and relied on the oozy yolks and blandness from the egg whites to counter this. It helped a little.
If I have learnt anything from my second visit, it is that the Duchess of Pork is the way to go. One of their more popular items that often sells out, I can’t imagine the sensational flavour profile of the dish ever going awry. Now, to remember this for the third visit!
Duchess of Spotswood
87 Hudsons Rd,
Spotswood, Victoria, 3015.
(03) 9391 6016