Hudsons road in Spotswood is spoilt for choice with the excellent Candied Bakery and stalwart Duchess of Spotswood all in the one shopping strip. It’s well worth a quick detour off the Westgate bridge to this unassuming cafe set in an old butchers shop (love the original tiling on the exterior).
The Duchess has lost a little of its wow factor with the departure of owners Bobby Green and Andy Gale but still turns out some great cafe dishes with whacky names (the asparagus dish called “Britney Spears” wins my vote).
The Prince of Wales ($19) is a substantial serving of a whole fillet of grilled salmon teamed with some smokey baba ganoush, flat bread and runny poached eggs. It’s a generous dish and a great flavour combination.
The beef burger delivers a posh take on the humble burger. The burger is made with wagyu beef and sports a slice of melted cheddar, pickles, some iceberg lettuce and a big dollop of tomato sauce. The underdone handcut chips are the only letdown.
Coffee is St Ali and my latte is well made along with attentive and smiling service. There may be increased competition in Spotswood these days but the Duchess continues to be a reliable cafe option.