By Jo Rittey


Sardi is one of those places you can’t help telling people about, but then wish you’d kept secret because it gets just so gosh darned busy. You’ll be glad you waited for a table though if it’s just one of those days where everyone needs a Sardi fix and you find yourself waiting on the pavement and eyeing the seated ones through the window.


Snug and cosy no-nonsense décor is given splashes of colour with lovely cottage-style flowers in vases and eclectic painted wicker stools. And the music is good too, which is important. There seemed to be a lone table and chairs outside and round the corner for those craving the fresh Hawthorn air, but I’m unsure how that particular seating arrangement works.


Sardi have an all day breakfast menu that caters to the health conscious (who can say no to a superfood breakfast bowl) as well as those who just want bacon and eggs, smashed avo or even a pretty decadent sounding banana bread French toast with roasted pears and salted caramel. Lunch features a range of different salads, which change regularly and are announced on the roll of brown paper which serves as the specials board, as well as a southern fried chicken burger and slow cooked lamb shoulder tacos. A trio of salads is always a good time for those who like variety. Today’s trio included a chicken and Israeli couscous salad, a roast cauliflower salad with feta, and a bacon, spinach and pesto couscous salad. Fresh and delicious flavours.


 Sardi. Intriguing name, good place.”


Local coffee roasters, Niccolo supply the smooth, full-bodied Italian-yet-not-as-heavy-as-your-typical-Italian-bean house blend coffee. And there are smoothies and juices galore with all kinds of goodness packed into them.


There are sweet treats in the cabinet if you need a little something with your coffee and jars of Sardi granola to take home with you should you so desire.


Sardi. Intriguing name, good place.



111 Church Street, Hawthorn (Outer Richmond…)


Mon – Fri 7.30 AM to 4 PM

Sat – Sun 8 AM to 4 PM


Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and needs good coffee to start her day. Armed with an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than roaming the streets of the northside in search of new and old food-related wonders.

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