Dig into an urban safari at British Colonial Co.
07 Jul 2016
Want to escape the rat race to somewhere a little exotic without even having to leave the inner city? British Colonial Co. has brought a touch of refined adventure to Hawthorne that’ll be more than enough to draw you out of the concrete jungle. Drawing inspiration from the diverse cultures and cuisines of international locales, British Colonial Co. mixes urban cultural safari with some bygone, Hemmingway-style class. Bring a group and take advantage of the share plates or claim a bamboo seat in the airy bar with flowing white curtains and décor that will make you feel anywhere but here, and get ready to be treated to a refined culinary excursion Head chef Darryn Bonhom, formerly of Cinco Bistro, offers up a menu with plates inspired by cuisines from across the globe for brunch through to dinner. Start your adventure with a hearty morning meal, with both classics like corn fritters and eggs benedict and quirkier dishes like their orange blossom doughnuts with house made ice-cream to choose from. After 1pm, move on to tapas plates that are designed to be explored, shared and devoured. You can expect some of your faves with a fresh, modern twist alongside an array of daring surprises – think hickory smoked quail with tarragon polenta, African-influenced eggplant spinach sauce, and a taro and onion jam, or Sri Lankan chilli pork belly with lychee apple mint salad and rhubarb. Those who just want something to nibble while they sip a vino or beer from the extensive list can’t go past the charcuterie board, with a mix of delicious local produce and exotic surprises including grilled truffle mortadella, wagyu bresola, salami, pork terrine, onion mustard jam and house pickled vegetables. The accompanying cocktail menu is reminiscent of the rich and vibrant cultures the trade winds once swept through, with combinations of fruit and spice drawing on warm beaches in far away places. Enjoy tequila, chamomile and grapefruit delights, and their boozy iced tea made with white tea, white wine and plenty of fruity goodness. Keep an eye out as the current layout is set to expand, with a 60-seat fine dining restaurant laying claim to the restored home upstairs within the next ten weeks. Ready to escape to somewhere more exotic? You’ll find British Colonial Co. at 274 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, open 7 days a week, with breakfast from 7am and dinner until late. Words by Jessica Gregory