Hatch & Co

After five years of whinging that New Farm doesn’t have a Woolies close by, the SO and I are thrilled Gasworks has opened with new spaces to explore, including a Woolworths and the restaurant Hatch & Co.

The first time we visited, the SO wasn’t up for giving them a try, but suggested we try them out for a late breakfast the next weekend. Now I should’ve done more research, as Hatch & Co was not open for breakfast. We were already starving, but did our grocery shopping at the nearby Woolworths till they opened for an early lunch.

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Pork cheek ragu, chilli, garlic, parsley, hand cut pappardelle. AUD$24

Pork cheek ragu, chilli, garlic, parsley, hand cut pappardelle. AUD$24


 
Hatch & Co

Chorizo, fire roasted peppers, goats fetta, shallot. AUD$24

The food is made with beautifully fresh ingredients and they’re not overly fussed with. I loved the day’s special side – broccolini served with a shaving of parmesan and fresh lemon. While I personally might have cooked it a little longer to get the broccolini softer, it was beautifully crisp and crunchy.

I was surprised that the weekend crowd was turning out to be older ladies out to brunch with friends. A number of tables already cracked into the wine before midday.

The entryway to Hatch & Co from the main shops is narrow. It is only wide enough for 2 people to stand side by side. This creates a bottleneck when punters are lining up to be seated and customers who have finished are trying to leave.

Also if the weather looks like it might turn for the worse, consider avoiding the seats along the outer perimeter. At the time, Hatch & Co appeared to only have shade net blinds installed, which were great for reducing glare, but not so great against gusty winds or rain. We happened to witness a lady get thumped on the back of the head when a shade blind came off its guide rope in the wind. She was holding her head a good 10 minutes and did not look at all pleased, while a waitress tried to hold the renegade blind down until a colleague pulled the blinds up. Hopefully Hatch & Co has found a sturdier solution.

 

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