MELBOURNE | High Society Cafe is a cafe in Armadale that focuses on classic breakfast dishes and great coffee. It’s been a favourite with locals for many years, who we’re told enjoy the cafe for its friendly staff, casual atmosphere, and focus on doing getting the essentials right. We were invited to visit and decided to venture south-side to take a look.
High Society eschews the typical Melbourne cafe design trends for a more classic, French cafe style look. Dark polished timber floors, white tiled and painted walls, dark accents, and marble topped tables. It has a nice, homely feel to it. The coffee menu is simple, with your choice of milk or non-milk based espresso drinks along with an assortment of non-traditional lattes and milks. There’s also juices, shakes, and smoothies, and a few alcoholic options.
For food it’s mostly familiar dishes like bircher museli, salads, chilli scrambled eggs, and ham hock eggs Benedict. There’s also blue corn tacos, which are one of the cafes most popular dishes, and an assortment of additions which you can spruce up your order with. We opted for the pancake stack and the halloumi.
The pancake stack is three thick, light and fluffy pancakes hotcakes topped with poached pear, mascarpone, vanilla ice-cream, fresh fruits and Couverture chocolate sauce. The flavours are refreshingly well balanced, and the pancakes aren’t overly sweet which is a big plus. The only challenge is eating it all as the serving is very generous.
The halloumi is another generous dish. This one sees several slices of grilled halloumi stacked atop a potato rosti topped with thyme roasted field mushrooms, sauteed kale and spinach, mixed seeds and nuts, and a poached egg on top. Like the pancake stack, this dish highlights good, simple flavours that work well together. It’s very tasty.
If you’re looking for Melbourne’s more innovative breakfast creations, High Society isn’t the place to find them. What you’ll find here is tasty, familiar dishes done right, served in generous portions, with a few surprises here and there. Judging by the stream of locals walking through the door when we visited, it’s a formula that’s working.
High Society Cafe
1102 High Street
Telephone: (03) 9509 4993
Mon – Fri: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am to 4:00pm