The Hash Coffee team are back (seriously, do these guys ever sleep?) with yet another cafe, and this time they’re not pulling any punches. Presenting Whitehorse Chloe—a two-storey, all-white Asian-inspired brunch bar in Box Hill.
If anything’s symptomatic of Box Hill’s culinary resurgence, it’s this place. And the location couldn’t be better: smack bang at the foot of The Chen, The Art’s Series new boutique hotel. That means you can get rooftop swimming with city views, plus an absolutely smashing brekky the next morning. It’s the whole package.
And let’s talk menu, because the Hash team are always pushing boundaries in the Melbourne brunch department (let’s put it this way, they’re serving Lap Cheong scotch eggs). You’re gonna want to start with a plate of their signature smoking croissant benedict: house-made pork belly pastrami and an apple hollandaise, inside a croissant...inside a cloche filled with smoke. The lobster roll on a nuclear-green matcha bun is another stand-out.
As lunchtime rolls around, you’ll spot a range of burgers, pasta and steak zooming off the pass, and there’s a compact Asian-style dinner menu, too built around share plates like King salmon croquettes, umami chips and Gochujang chicken ribs.
Need more? Every day between 3pm and 5pm it’s High Tea o’clock. You can pick your high tea package (upgrade with cocktails or champagne for extra $$$) and tuck into dainty Blue Swimmer crab finger sandwiches, Wagyu sliders, Buttermilk scones and teeny tiny chocolate éclairs.
The Whitehorse Chloe fit-out is definitely not what you expect from what’s (basically) a big apartment block. It’s got 20-ft ceilings, artful greenery hanging everywhere, custom horse murals on the wall and breakout spaces around every corner. A big scoop of South Yarra in the middle of Box Hill.
Get this one on your brunch radar, STAT.
Image credit: Matt Dunne