Bringing some much needed vibrancy to the top end of Eighth Avenue in Maylands, Henry On Eighth is a cafe-cum-bar-cum-art-space that we’re loving big time right now.
Situated in what was once a movie theatre, the décor at Henry On Eighth gives a firm nod to the past, with vintage lighting and exposed brick and beams. Take a wander upstairs to the restrooms and you’ll even find that the old projection holes remain.
During the day Henry’s is a bustling breakfast and brunch spot serving up hearty and healthy fare, as well as coffee and takeaway goodies, and by night the space transforms into a bar where you can enjoy tasty charcuterie and cheese boards, performances from local musicians and loads of bevvies.
We recently stopped by Henry On Eighth for breakfast and were thoroughly impressed. Though we were tempted by The King’s Sandwich—two meats, fried egg, smoked mozzarella and Detroit pickle—it was a little early for pickle, so we went for the wild mushrooms, shakshuka and buckwheat hot cakes.
The wild mushrooms were super rich—but in a good way—thanks to the hazelnut gremolata, potato hash, kale and truffle aioli. Topped with a sous vide egg and some herbs it made for the perfect way to warm up on a cool day.
My pick of the bunch would have to be the shakshuka with baked eggs, tomato and cannellini beans—I piled this high on the olive bread that came with and devoured every last mouthful.
I was super stoked to see the buckwheat hot cakes on the menu—with all of the naughties I eat (for work, I swear!), it was nice to have a healthier sweet breakfast option available. Stacked three pancakes high and topped with ricotta, praline and blueberries, they were delicious and not too sweet at all.
With plenty of awesome plans in the pipeline, Henry On Eighth is definitely one to keep an eye on. For the location, opening hours and all of the details, you’ll find Henry On Eighth in The Directory.
Image credit: Nancy Hanna