A busy day of shopping must start with a caffeine fix. I head to The Counter Espresso and sit at its namesake for a latte. These guys know coffee, and their house blend is smooth, with just the right amount of bite. If you skipped breakfast, you’re in the right spot; the menu includes inventive items such as blueberry and orange hotcakes and shakshuka baked eggs. Don’t miss the array of cakes and baked goods in the window for a sweet treat on the way out.
Suburban kitchen meets country garden, this little cafe will make you feel right at home.
As the name suggests, there’s a long, low counter for dining and sipping your brew of choice, while shelves display provisions and preserves. Outside, there are marble and timber tables.
Saturday brunchers make their plans for the night while keeping their dogs at heel.
An array of pastry treats fill one side of the counter, tempting you to grab one (or two).
On the menu are brunch creations, including chilli-folded eggs with house-minted labne, and the new season asparagus and shaved pecorino omelette.
Coffee, of course. Also smoothies such as date, banana and almond, and berry and rose.
The perfect way to brunch – a must try.
Coconut, Mango and Passionfruit trifle with lime sponge, coconut sabayon and lime jelly
Summer Berry and Lemon curd Pavlova
Bitter salted chocolate tart
We gave away a piece of Anzac Caramel slice with all out takeout coffees...
November 2015 winners of the State Finals for the Best Breakfast Restaurant Award with the Restaurant and Catering Association
September 2015 winners of the Victorian Best Breakfast Award with the Restaurant and Catering Association.
The Counter serves up a creamy almond milk super seed porridge with a rhubarb peppercorn compote. Topped with popped amaranth, chia seeds and toasted flaked almonds, this ticks all the flavour and health boxes and will keep you going well until lunchtime.
SUPER SEED PORRIDGE FROM THE COUNTER | HAWTHORN
Our list of the best winter breakfasts would never be complete without everyone’s tried ‘n’ tried favourite, porridge. Oh-so-comforting on a dreary winter’s day. Up there with Melbourne’s best porridge is The Counter’s super seed variety, a creamy concoction made with almond milk, chia seeds and buckinis — yup, nutritious and delicious! The finishing touch? The peppercorn and rhubabrb compote which we are positively mad about here at TUL.
These guys have got a display of cakes, brownies, tarts and meringues and you're going to need every ounce of self-control to not stop and buy them all. Tempting is an understatement but if you’ve got the will power to keep walking then the brekky menu is definitely worth it. Give the Shakshouka Moroccan baked eggs a try, or the blueberry ricotta pikelets smothered with maple walnut butter. Sneak out the back and dine outside in the courtyard (and definitely pick up a cake on the way out).
With its blue and white striped awning and gold type on the front window, The Counter is a regal vision in a sea of suburban Hawthorn storefronts.
Inside, colourful cakes and tarts fill the window display and countertop, and the compact space bustles with locals. Interior space is at a premium, but venturing through to the back courtyard reveals a tranquil retreat complete with plants growing from various pots and wall features.
The family atmosphere isn’t just due to the parents and kids tucking into slices of cake and mini meals from the kids’ menu. The Counter is the product of sisters Justine Curtis and Michelle Blyth, and there’s a close-knit camaraderie among the staff that ensures you’ll feel right at home.
Brunch doesn’t get sweeter than their coconut quinoa porridge with seasonal fruit and candied walnuts, but the baked eggs are The Counter’s big drawcard. Whether you’re after a big breakfast or a quick fix, such as the rocket cookies at the counter (which pay homage to the rocket ship in the playground down the street), you’ll be sure to leave The Counter satisfied.
The Age good cafe guide 2013' came out today and we feature on page 94. Good mention, thanks Matt Holden!
The TV show Postcards filmed an episode on Auburn Village today
which we will be featuring in, which is exciting... Looking forward to
the screening coming up in July at 5.30pm channel 9.
Watch this space for the date!
Bob Hart & Hilary McNevin
December 18, 2012
Some of The Counter's remarkable cakes. Photo: Eddie Jim
Michelle Blyth, who established then sold Replete Providore in the
private-school belt along Barkers Road, Hawthorn, has returned to her
cake-making roots through a sharp little cafe, The Counter, in Auburn
Road, again run with her sister, Justine Curtis. As well as well-made
coffee, the cakes at The Counter are remarkable. Hazelnut and ricotta is
one of Blyth's faves. Salads, sangers and savoury tarts round out the
offerings. Except for the tarts, which, curiously, are square. And
The Counter, 96 Auburn Road , Hawthorn. Phone 9815 2787