Monday, January 27, 2014

Property of: Pilgrim

January 17-18, 2014

Pilgrim Coffee was one of the highlights of our 2013 visit to Hobart, so we were pretty excited to find out that they'd expanded from a coffee spot with food to a full cafe, Property of: Pilgrim. We were staying nearby and Property of: Pilgrim's opening hours and speedy service made it the perfect place for breakfast - we managed two visits in our five day trip.

Property of: Pilgrim is tucked in behind Pilgrim Coffee with a front door on Liverpool St (the two venues are basically separated by Dumpling World) - they share a kitchen space and are joined at the back, so you can enter via either. The cafe's fit-out is in keeping with the coffee-shop's stylings - exposed bricks, polished wooden floors and a kind of recycled industrial vibe. It's lovely. The menu isn't stacked with vegetarian options - there's a salad of the day, an asparagus and egg dish and a vegan porridge (see below for more details on those last two!). There's also a note that, while they're not big on menu substitutions, they're happy to cater for dietary requirements. The staff were all super friendly, so my advice would be just to drop in and have a chat.

On our first visit we stuck to the standard menu offerings. For me: spring asparagus (roasted asparagus with jerusalem artichoke, slow eggs, persian feta and chamomile, $16).

It's a nicely put together dish - Pilgrim's version of eggs are slow cooked rather than poached and have the perfect texture - soft and smooshy without being too runny. There's a smear of some excellent hummus, a couple of salty dabs of feta and lots of pretty leaves and flowers. Plus enough toast to eat everything with!

Cindy sampled the one vegan dish on the menu, coconut tapioca porridge (warm coconut tapioca, passionfruit, spiced pineapple syrup and black sesame snap, $14).

She was very, very impressed by this, delighting in the freeze-dried syrupy ginger chunks of pineapple and nutty black sesame snaps, it rocketed towards the top of tapioca-based-breakfast ranking (overtaking even East Elevation's excellent effort).

On our return trip I had the hipster breakfast minus the bacon: slow eggs, mushrooms, black beans, greens and sour dough ($18).

Even without the bacon this was a ridiculously large meal. Luckily it was also delicious, so I managed to get through it all. The star was the beans - cooked in a slightly spicy tomato sauce - although the kale and mushroom fry-up was pretty great as well. I may have received bonus beans in place of the bacon, but don't order this unless you're hungry.

Property of: Pilgrim offers up another breakfast dish almost perfectly attuned to Cindy's taste: single origin cocoa waffles with salted caramel, fresh bananas and hazelnut cream ($14).

The waffles had a deep cocoa flavour without the butteriness of chocolate; this richness came from the cream and the salty caramel sauce that tied it all together.

Property of: Pilgrim is a brilliant addition to Hobart's breakfast range - an interesting menu with a handful of great vegetarian dishes and a vegan porridge that rivals Melbourne's best. The service is friendly and efficient and the food and coffee came out super quickly. We also had no problems getting a table on either of our two visits (admittedly quite early). Pilgrim are mad about coffee too, and I made quite a few other visits to grab takeaways - I'd say it's the best in Hobart, but I don't really go anywhere else.

You can also read about our pre-renovation trip to Pilgrim here. I talk too much my mouth hurts, Two Clowns Tripping, petit pixel design, Rita's Bite, Living and Loving in Hobart and Lynn Toh all love the current iteration of Pilgrim. 

Property of Pilgrim

52 Liverpool St, Hobart (you can also enter via Pilgrim Coffee on 48 Argyle St)
(03) 6234 1999
veg-adaptable breakfasts: $10-18
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Accessibility: Excellent - there's a flat entryway and the interior is relatively spacious (although some of the tables have weird fixed flip-up seats (from an old cinema I guess) that are a bit tricky to get in and out of. Orders are taken at the table and payment happens at a low counter. Toilets are fully accessible, including a unisex disabled cubicle.

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