HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! Supposedly 2014 was to be about limiting high cholesterol intake and get back to a better health but clearly I disobeyed my new year resolution within the first week of January. LOL. I guess this is going to be one beefing up year for me. Meals get a little fancy over brunch time with options such as juicy soft -shell crab sliders, truffle butter on a parmesan briont, but if there is space left for a cold beverage then save it for the Golden Gaytime shake. You can’t miss Hammer and Tong since long queues waits inside the cafe, blocking the entrance door. With a twist of vintage-industrial chic and dynamic interiors created for former premises The Brix, atmosphere is quite enjoyable and offer friendly attentive service.
Tiny beakers containing salt and pepper.
It’s always packed at Hammer and Tong, even the window seats are taken.
What’s predictably good and has Hermit the crab vacate its way to a warm soft bun is the Soft shell crab burger ($16) - With a mixture of soft, gooey and crunchy texture, it will astonish even the most die-hard burger lover. Filled with chopped fresh crisp cabbage, lightly deep fried and battered soft shell crab, a lot of parsley and drizzled with sriracha mayonnaise, it’s definitely not dry. So tempt those taste buds of yours, I dare you.
Soft shell crab burger ($16)
Just look how lightly battered this bad boy crab is.
Bring out the claws Hermit.
Duck egg, asparagus, truffle butter, parmesan briont ($18) – A splendid buttery cheesy dish that knows how to persuade it to be eagerly healthy with three strands of grilled green asparagus. The one thing everybody knows about this plate is the experience gets off to a bit of a slow start but once you expose yolk porn onto the briont, you’ll be making all the right sounds. Whoever created the briont deserves a million applauses from me because this bread is believed to be half brioche plus half croissant. And I LOVE them both; it’s two in one bread! GENIUS. The briont contains a natural sweet yeasty aroma. It is lightly glazed and unbelievably flakey around the crust. You see the shaved pieces of parmesan? Yeah, it expect it to melt. As for the creamy mushroom sauce, cherish it because you wouldn’t want to share it.
Duck egg, asparagus, truffle butter, parmesan briont ($18)
You see the yolk porn?
Say CHEESE to the briont.
Flat White ($3.80) is reasonably smooth and the aroma had us hooked. The staff even managed to squeeze in some time to create a coffee LOVE HE-ART. Such a fantastic presentation.
Flat White ($3.80)
You know Hammer and Tong has good coffee when this GIGANTIC coffee machine is displayed next to the counter.
Usually, when I read the milkshake section, there seems to never be anything fancy or fun to try. Not the case here, the Golden Gaytime Milkshake ($6) we ordered was surprisingly impressive and LARGE serving size, roughly 650ml. It’s a blend with Australia’s most joyful frozen treat and dairy. Note it’s milkier than thick and there’s a burst of sweet to caramel flavours, also chunks of honeycomb cookie crumbles creates a crunchy delight. Get the brain numbing shake going!
Golden Gaytime Milkshake ($6)
So much dairy-ness in this shake.
Yeah they have donuts alright!
And muffins too. Hmmmm MUFFIN.
Hammer and Tong is worthy of lining up even during peak hours. And yes, it is all because of their famous soft shell crab burger, so get that. If you are crazy for toffee flavoured shake, add golden gaytime to your order. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Till next time Hammer and Tong
Photos by Vanny Tang
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