Had a late b'fast/early lunch by myself at Pigeon Hole this morning. I'm with Rita - it's great. A small chalk board menu, nothing particularly breakfasty but all yummy looking non the less. I am on a gryuere kick at the moment after having a lovely croque monsiuer at Jean Pascal New Town on Thursday (but that's a totally different blog entry). So the twice baked gryuere souffle caught my eye immediately. As did the really delicious looking rubarb crostini on wire racks by the cofffee machine. I gave in to gluttony and ordered one of those as well with a lovely dollop of rich heavy cream.
The souffle was gorgeous. Light, slightly eggy, with a great cheesey taste with crunch bits on top. Served in a lovely ramiken on a wooden board with green leaves and grated gruyere on the side. I ate it with a spoon and it really was delicious. As for the hot chocolate and crostini, YUM YUM and more YUM. The crostini was saucer sized, warmed with a lovely dollop of what I am fairly sure was elgars cream in the middle of it. Stewed rhubarb in the middle with currents. Perfectly sweet but not over sugared the pastry was still crisp underneath (a pet hate of mine - soggy pastry) and it was suitably rustic. The hot chocolate didn't need extra sugar - only the 2nd place in hobart where I have found this.
The spoons/tongs and saucers are very obviously from Luke and Katrina ex Pecora, but the feel is totally Jay from 373 - relaxed and confident - which is what, in retrospect was missing from my last visit to 373. The crowd was varied, from families, to couples, to singles and friends meeting up for coffee and a chat. There are obviously already regulars, and at 11:30 I think all of the bread was already sold. My only real gripe is that it is not obvious when you walk in if there are any large tables free as they are all down a narrowish corridor towards the back.
The variety of cakes and nibbles is small but varied, I spied 2 different cakes with rhubarbs and a very decedent looking chocolate muffin. There was also a few other varieties of muffin and some savoury crostinis.
Talking to Katrina when I was paying (they accept EFTPOS) she was saying they don't really do traditional breakfasts, but will do toast and honey on request. They don't have a full compliment of condiments apparently. Two drinks, a souffle and a crostini set me back about 23 dollars, which considering I was hungry when I arrived and left plesantly full was good value for money.
In conclusion, I will definately be back, and dragging friends along for the adventure.
PS please excuse the spelling in this post, my brain is on strike due to emotional turmoil.