Loose Change Lunch, Hawk and Hunter

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Loose Change Lunch… Feast a Fortune, Pay a Pittance!

The regular instalment in our St Kilda Bites food review feature continues, where our poignant food critic, Ravenous Renee, continues her relentless search for great value, high quality local lunch dining.


Here is yet another lunch venue in the St Kilda area worth bringing to your attention!



Hawk and Hunter


By Ravenous Renee

A modern, vibrantly eclectic, well spaced out venue, with neon signs and lights, picture wall collages and birdcages all in the mix; this place is not shy of daring when it comes to making a statement about its personality and its delicious food. With a stringent eye kept on sourcing only the highest quality ingredients and produce, and a flair for culinary concoctions not the everyday norm, I was eager to see what lunch here would bring.

Deciding to opt for something nutritious, wholesome and healthy, and being advised that the “Warm faro & freekah salad… add ham hock” was once a ‘special’ (apparently so special that they decided to give it a permanent residency on their menu), I had no qualms in pursuing the popular pick. Meanwhile, my eating partner went for the much loved Wagu Burger, also a notable choice.

Upon receiving my meal, reminding me of ‘bubble n squeak,’ I soon realised what all the fuss was about. My tastebuds were met with contrasting flavours of salty and sweet (tender ham hock alongside decadent chunks of pumpkin), alongside varying textures of soft, chewy and crispy – with the mix of three different braised greens (silver beet, spinach and baby kale), two different grains (faro and freekah) and chevre (goats cheese). It was flavour infused excitement in every mouthful. Not to mention that not only was this dish unique in that it mixed flavours and textures together beautifully, but it was healthy too! And for $16.50 + $4 for ham hock, it’s a hearty bang for your buck! I recommend you try it.

As for my eating partners Wagu Burger, his dish couldn’t be faulted either. The beef patty was succulent, juicy and mouth wateringly divine, and mixed in with the other condiments on the bun it was sweetly tantalizing. Served with some wedges on the side, it was good I got in a quick bite, as his meal was devoured in a heartbeat. Also a steal for $19, satiety and satisfaction is what you’ll get for under $20, any day of the week.

And if that wasn’t enough, we finished our lunchtime meals off with delightfully smooth and flavoursome ‘Red Star’ coffees ($3.50) alongside Granola and white chocolate truffle squares ($3), they were too good to pass up. Lunch here again tomorrow anyone?

Hawk and Hunter

8-10 Glen Eira Avenue, Ripponlea
Open 7 days, 6am to 5pm
Ph: (03) 9528 2719


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