Duchess of Spotswood is a well known brunch eatery for anyone who passes by or lives/works in the Westside. Despite its distance, I have travelled there in the past to experience the fine-dining-at-brunch style food. The flavours are refined, and well thought out, and the dishes are very carefully put together.
Prince of Wales ($19.50) Warm house cured salmon with cucumber and mint salad, almond aioli, dukkah, poached eggs and Zealy Bay toast, with an accompaniment of potato hash ($4.5). A nice staple dish, but the salmon was overdone and so not as soft and sweet as I hoped, you definitely had to chew your way through the dish and by the end it became quite bland. The little spots of almond aioli were tast, as was the dukkah sprinkled throughout, but the toast was hard and pointless. As for the hash, it was a nice chunky piece but not as crispy as I expected.
The special of the day was the Pork Belly and Soft Shell Crab burger ($19.0). With that kind of surf and turf royalty going on, of course we had to try it. The sweet corn capsicum salsa had a good flavour to it, and the home-made tartar sauce was really nice with the soft shell crab. The pork belly was overcooked, and so didn’t have the tenderness or fattiness you usually taste, but overall it was quite a good special.
This Mork Hot Chocolate ($4.0) has nothing on Seven Seeds’, it seems to be lacking the milky body and deep chocolate hit.
Duchess Lawn Tennis Association ($12.0) gin, sparkling apple, fresh mint cocktail is a nice little refreshing number with an equally charming name.
TL;DR I wouldn’t go out of my way to try, but if you’re in the area it’s a good option.