Ham hock, grilled baby cos lettuce, potato rosti, peas, pork scratchings, and poached eggs. At Collective Espresso.
Another one of these “hip” cafe institutions popping up in the suburban East, Collective Espresso is right next to Camberwell Station. They serve up a strong coffee, an array of cold fruity drinks, and a breakfast menu more creative than the rest.
The ham hock was chosen for its well balanced composition - protein, greens, carbs. Alright, no, really. It was something a little different from what is offered at most of these hipster coffee-centric places. The ham was not too salty, the rosti was creamy with identifiable shreds of real potato, and the dish was well-portioned. The eggs were poached a little too runny but that is subjective. The pork scratchings were certainly an interesting compliment. At something like $16, it was a bargain.
Great suburban choice with an interesting and well-priced menu. Breakfast until 3pm. Thumbs up.