Brother Fox, Hawthorn

I’m very glad that Yuye and I love to share food. I could never understand when a couple orders the same dish when they go out. This is something we never do as I’m not content with just eating a single dish when I can try two dishes at once. So it’s a custom for Yuye and I to swap plates half way through the meal, to which I’ve had many a raised eyebrow from other diners before.

We usually even order completely different dishes whether it’s the flavour or the main ingredient in the dish just so we get a wider variety, and since I love my red meats, we usually at least order one of those dishes. That is, apart from at Brother Fox.

For some strange reason, I really felt like seafood that day. Yuye was surprised too but decided to order two seafood dishes anyway.

The decor here is simple and a bit rustic. Situated near the Hawthorn Station side of Glenferrie Road, there are serious restaurant contenders in the area so dedication and skill is necessary to beat the competition. Even though not all dishes impressed us, the general impression was down to earth, good food which was what we were looking for.

To start, we ordered a non-seafood dish which was the Southern style crispy chicken ribs and habanero avocado purée ($10). Can’t have all seafood now can we…

I’m not sure whether I liked it. It was perfectly crisp, but I found the ribs to be a bit bland. The avocado puree sauce was creative and if executed well, would have been a superb dish but it was under-seasoned and lacked finesse. Since we were quite hungry though, we chowed it down quite fast.

Not having as much expectation after the entree, we were both pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of the mains.

Yuye’s Fresh seafood pasta with prawns, calamari, mussels, pipis and fish with spaghetti in olive oil, white wine, garlic and chilli ($25) was very big and tasty. They sure didn’t skimp out on the ingredients. Again it was a little under-seasoned, but was easily fixed with a dash of salt. The pasta was cooked just al dente and the sauce was aromatic and creamy.

We were told that my light Mediterranean seafood stew with Morton bay bug, prawns, calamari, pipis, mussels and fish
in a tomato and Pernod sauce served with bread ($34) was going to be big. They weren’t wrong. The bread was ginormous but worked well soaking up the delicious seafoody broth. There was a whole Morton Bay bug cut into two halves on the plate which was lucky, else Yuye and I would have been fighting over the single piece. The bug was cooked so perfectly that the subtle sweetness of that moist juicy flesh had me salivating at first bite. Even though it was quite big, it didn’t take much effort to finish it. The only thing I didn’t do was lick the plate…boy did I want to!

Even though we ordered two seafood dishes, it wasn’t something we regretted at all. The dishes tasted quite different and both had its good sides. I thought my stew was better than the pasta though as the broth had some intense seafood flavours. Next time if you find yourself in the area, why not give Brother Fox a go? You might just find you’ll be wanting to come back for more.

Brother Fox

Phone: (03) 9819 0948
Address: 648 Glenferrie Rd Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Wednesday 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-9pm
Thursday – Saturday 8am-3pm, 5:30pm-9pm
Sunday 8am-3pm

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