Dining Out: Organic Matters Food & Wine Store, Hawthorn East

by April@MyFoodTrail on August 31, 2010

in Cafe, Dining Out, Hawthorn

Organic Matters Food & Wine Store
403 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn East VIC
(03) 9882 7889

I had seen advertisements about the recently opened Organic Matters Food & Wine Store in Hawthorn East and had marked it on my list of food places to go and visit. When I found out Sarah & Sandra were also interested in going, we arranged to meet for lunch there. Hubby couldn’t make it as he had to work that day.

Organic Matters Food & Wine Store are open daily for breakfast and lunch from 7.30am and every Friday evening for a fish & chip night. They also hold seasonal Saturday night dinner every few months. The café has a small selection of organic produce and wines in the front of the shop and every dish on the menu is at least 95% certified organic.

Organic Matters - Inside

There is a modest selection of both sweet and savoury items on the breakfast menu available from 7.30am until 3pm and a slightly larger lunch menu available from 12 to 3pm. I was really tempted by the triple stack pancake with grilled banana, hazelnut praline and butterscotch sauce ($12) but I can’t bring myself to only eat something sweet as a meal.

I ended up going with scrambled eggs on sourdough toast with a side of grilled Wessex saddleback streaky bacon. You can choose between poached, scrambled or fried eggs on toast ($12) and then add on what you want such as spinach, avocado, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans for $3 extra per item or $4.50 per item for the bacon or lamb chipolatas. The breakfast can end up being really expensive by the time you add on the extras.

Organic Matters - Scrambled Eggs with bacon

Scrambled eggs on Zeally Bay sourdough toast with a side of grilled Wessex saddleback streaky bacon $16.50

Sarah got the boiled eggs with sourdough toasted soldiers and a side of the bacon which she had been raving about! Sandra got the same scrambled eggs with sourdough toast as I did, but she got a side of mushrooms. Thanks for the lovely company and conversation ladies!

Organic Matters - Scrambled Eggs with Mushrooms

Scrambled eggs on Zeally Bay sourdough toast with a side of buttered mushrooms $16.50

Organic Matters - Boiled Eggs with bacon

Boiled eggs & Zeally bay sourdough toasted soldiers with a side of grilled Wessex saddleback streaky bacon $16.50

I also got a hot chocolate which is one of the better hot chocolates I have had recently. We had a discussion as to whether the design on the top of the hot chocolate was intentional or accidental!

Organic Matters - Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate $4

Overall: A pleasant breakfast and lunch place but due to the produce being certified organic, the prices are on the expensive side.

Over & Out, April xx

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Sarah August 31, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Wow, super-speedy write up!

Yeah, that bacon was awesome! Very intensely bacony though, lol. I agree it's quite pricey, but a good cafe in the area.

Thank-you for the awesome company!

xox Sarah


penny aka jeroxie August 31, 2010 at 9:21 pm

That hot chocolate LOOKs GREAT! I just think that breakfast out is usually quite exxy.


Celeste @ Berrytravels August 31, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I don't normally have breakfast out unless I'm feeling like a treat to the stomach. Since it's usually an exchange for an empty wallet!

That hot chocolate is calling out to me tho.


Iron Chef Shellie August 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm

looks great, I'll have to check it out 🙂


Hannah September 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I probably shouldn't admit how many times I've had cheesecake for dinner… I'd definitely have gone the pancakes 😉 Looks good, though!


Conor @ Hold the Beef September 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Those mushrooms look good. I'm the type to add all sorts of extras to my breakfasts, so I hate it when they charge crazy prices for additional items (like $4 for "tomato" and you get half a grilled tomato.. gee, thanks).

Ahhh, googy eggs and soldiers, always brings a smile to my face 🙂


mademoiselle délicieuse September 4, 2010 at 10:45 am

I avoid adding "extras" onto my breakfasts for that exact reason – so easy to go overboard in price! Mushrooms look great and a generous serve here.


April @ My Food Trail September 7, 2010 at 9:45 am

Hi Sarah: I agree that the bacon had a very strong "bacony" flavour! We'll have to check out some of the other cafes!

Hi Penny: I know, that's why I prefer to eat out for dinner!

Hi Celeste: Maybe you can skip the breakfast and just go for the hot chocolate?! A hot chocolate is a great treat in itself!

Hi Shellie: It's a pleasant little cafe!

Hi Hannah: Hehehe! I've got a sweet tooth but I need my savoury too!

Hi Conor: I actually like the extras too, but when I calculated how much my plate of breakfast was going to be, I changed my mind!

Hi mademoiselle délicieuse: You just have to pick the ones you really, really want, which is sad because you shouldn't have to choose!


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