Hobba is a cafe in Prahran, located in what used to be Joe’s Garage. They have kept the glass roller doors, along with the exposed ceilings and brickwork, to create an open plan, light filled, simple, but clean looking space.
J and I went to Hobba for breakfast early one Saturday morning on our way to the Prahran market. And when I mean early, I mean we were there at 7:30am. Ouch.
Mind you, there were already at least four occupied tables, so we weren’t the only early birds that day.
We were quickly seated in a booth and given water and menus.
I was tempted by the pork and beans – 12hr braised pork shoulder, house baked beans, persian feta, grain sourdough, but wasn’t that hungry. I ended up with the bacon butty, dry cured ottway bacon, fried egg, cheddar, hp sauce, ciabatta.
The butty is a good option if you feel like bacon and eggs but don’t want the huge plate that normally gets served up with the standard eggs and bacon breakfast.
The ciabatta was very floury, I had flour everywhere!
The butty was good but needed more HP sauce. It added a nice zing, but I could only taste it in 50% of the butty.
J had poached eggs with bacon. Hobba slow poaches their eggs at 62.5 degrees. I am not sure what the reasoning is behind this.
The grain sourdough toast was a bit blonde for J’s liking, but he liked everything else, and noted that the eggs had a different texture to usual.
The staff were polite and friendly, and we had no issue with the service as other reviewers have noted, possibly helped by the time of morning.
There looked to be a good selection of pastries at the counter, along with boxes of muesli and jars of jam for sale.