Hawthorn 3122, VIC
Website: Replete Providore
I heard about Replete Providore from my work mate who raved about their Ricotta Hotcakes with Lemon Curd and fresh strawberries. I absolutely adore hotcakes so I had to go and give it a try. So one Saturday morning, Ling and I went there to sample the famous hotcakes that won The Age best breakfast dish a few years back.
While waiting to order, we looked around the store a bit. There were various food items that were on sale, some of them quite tempting like biscuits and slices. Replete are also a providore, but I'm not sure what that entails? I Googled providore and the dictionary definition is a purveyor, which means a person who sells food. In essence, doesn't every restaurant sell food, so are they all providores? It seems to be that providores sell speciality food products, which I guess Replete do, but not that many really.
To the meal itself, Ling got the Ricotta Hotcakes with Lemon Curd and fresh strawberries. It was indeed delicious, but I found it a bit sweet, especially the strawberry sauce. I was expecting the lemon curd to cut through that sweetness but it too was quite sweet. To be honest, I actually prefer Bill Granger's Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Butter. I've never tried the ones Bill serves at his restaurant, but the ones I make at home are amazingly. I improve, yes you heard right, improve Bill's hotcakes by serving it with caramelised bananas, walnuts and maple syrup. So imagine this ultra indulgent dish, fluffly ricotta hotcakes, topped with caramelised split bananas, roasted walnuts, a drizzle of maple syrup, and the super addictive honeycomb butter, mmmmmm.
For my meal, I ordered the Lamb Tagine. This was really good, and a huge serving. I could hardly finish half of it, with the soft lamb sitting above beans and vegetables. Two people would easily share that with some nice crispy bread. A beautifully presented coffee finished the meal for Ling while I had a nice refreshing juice.
Overall, it was a nice brunch and I would go back to try more items. I never quite understand brunches and don't do them often as I think the prices are very inflated usually. In the case of Replete, the prices aren't cheap, in the $15 range, but the food is good enough to justify that I think.