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Restaurant Review: Breakfast at Hudsons of Dickson

johnboy 20 October 2008 92

[First filed: October 19, 2008 @ 12:51]

Cafe corner in the Dickson shops is a busy place of a weekend morning. You don’t really choose which of the cafes you eat at, rather taking wherever there’s a spare table with shade.

This means that the cafe which makes the most money is the one which can churn the customers fastest.

We took a seat at Hudsons and enjoyed the talented buskers, playing perhaps a touch too loud.

Ordering at the counter got us a number on a stick and in the time it took to buy a newspaper our drinks had arrived with the food not far behind.

Tasteless tomatoes. Ropey scrambled eggs. The bacon was OK.

My date’s pumpkin fritters caused her to remark that perhaps pumpkin is not suitable for frittering, although it reportedly tasted fine and the hollandaise sauce was particularly good.

While we were eating our empty glasses were whisked away time is money after all.

The atmosphere is great, but in my opinion there are better breakfasts to be had for the money elsewhere.

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sprintman sprintman 4:44 pm 03 Nov 08

Re Carlo’s. “Would you like mushrooms with your salt” or “how about eggs with your salt” Why not just colourise different portions of salt and sell that? The affect would be the same.

Overheard Overheard 12:20 pm 29 Oct 08

Caveat Pumpkin Fritter-Eater. If you’re going to order such a horrendous concoction, you get all you deserve.

Dare I say, you get your just desserts?!

As for ‘order and pay at the counter’, any seasoned (no pun intended) eater-outer should know that this will vary from place to place. If in doubt, ask.

For example, I hadn’t been to Café Essen for ages, so when I stopped in this morning for a superb long black Organic New Guinea, I stepped up to the counter and asked pleasantly what the go was. ‘Sit down and we’ll be right with you’ was the response, and the service and the coffee and the atmosphere was grand.

Slightly more disappointing is the (lack of) regard for customers shown by one of my regular haunts, Bardelis. Last week they were doing some sort of re-furbing, but today the door was shut with no sign nor hint of when or if they will/might be open.

The risk: punters like me find somewhere else for the day, and possibly more permanently.

qwerky qwerky 11:43 am 29 Oct 08

Hudson’s breakfast is quite ordinary. I’ve had the pumpkin fritters and they were dry and tasteless. And ‘order and pay at the counter’ is fine if you’re a local and know the drill. For my money, Cafe Prego next door does a far better and more interesting breakfast with unique ingredients, and it’s less crowded and more shaded. I will write a review tomorrow and post a pic perhaps.

Overheard Overheard 10:05 pm 22 Oct 08

Or a purloined, secretive photograph of a secondary breakfast that fits the “bill” !!

Granny Granny 3:07 pm 22 Oct 08

I love their bread. It tastes like the homemade bread my dad used to bake sometimes. It was such a treat to go there, but I have been disappointed the last couple of times and not been back. I am a simple woman. A nice muggacino or a latte can completely make my day.

: )

Overheard Overheard 3:03 pm 22 Oct 08

That’s a shame, too, Granny. I lurve Deeks’s savoury muffins and their coffee is pretty much universally brilliant (or was). AND the Canadian server/waitress/possible manager or has some interest in it is (sigh!) a brilliant PR person for the place, the products and the ‘je ne sais quoi’. I dithered this morning about going to Deeks or Hudsons but was keen to do a comparative study after the OP.

Granny Granny 2:57 pm 22 Oct 08

I used to go to Hudsons, but I had too many bad experiences once they changed hands. I was going to Deeks instead, but even they seem to have deteriorated recently.

Overheard Overheard 2:49 pm 22 Oct 08

Ah no, peterh. I’d say at a guess that their clientele are not likely to be Rioters, nor would the owners be the sort to jump on and e-defend themselves.

peterh peterh 2:42 pm 22 Oct 08

what i am interested in knowing is why hudsons dickson hasn’t waded in to RA to defend themselves? nearly every cafe or pub / bar / club that gets a mention on RA seems to find a computer from somewhere and make a comment.

maybe they don’t care….

Granny Granny 2:37 pm 22 Oct 08

I prefer my virgins young and beautiful … therefore that pretty much rules you men out.

*tee hee*

You’re all safe, ok!!

peterh peterh 2:26 pm 22 Oct 08

Granny said :

That’s how I look when I haven’t sucked the life essence from young virgins, peterh!


In between fixes as it were ….

that’s me pretty well safe, then. growing up in charny sorted that out pretty quick…
and I am in no way young…

Granny Granny 1:24 pm 22 Oct 08



Danman Danman 1:14 pm 22 Oct 08

Good thing I lost my V plates a while back eh ?

Me and my Type 0 Negative are safe…for now….

Granny Granny 12:46 pm 22 Oct 08

That’s how I look when I haven’t sucked the life essence from young virgins, peterh!


In between fixes as it were ….

peterh peterh 11:51 am 22 Oct 08

ant said :

Grumble. I’ll try to paste the url again (the code here is bizarre).

you know, that looks nothing like granny! The other granny on the link is waaay too old.

Overheard Overheard 11:32 am 22 Oct 08

In dire need of sustenance this morning (and to get out of ‘Dodge’) I jumped in the car, told it to drive and find me breakfast, and I wound up outside Hudsons at Dickson. Well, I parked near the ANZ — parking outside Hudsons might attract the attention of the authorities and insurance companies.

Anyhoo, the older serving bloke who’s normally there wasn’t, which is a shame as he has the best ‘Good morning/afternoon, how are you?’ smile in the business. But I still got prompt, friendly service and the ‘Delish’ breakfast was superb: scrambled eggs with diced tomato and onion and thick-sliced mushrooms on a Turkish roll.

The mushrooms could have been pan-fried, and the coffee was good without being great. Overall, good value for money. Unfortunately the weather was not conducive to sitting outside, and I can only stay in a noisy inside atmosphere with its attendant noises for so long before my ears turn on me. So not the place to linger longer. Sitting outside when it’s fair weather is great value.

I’ve sent a pic through for JB to add above if he wants.

Granny Granny 11:00 pm 20 Oct 08

ant said :

Granny, there’s a show about you on tomorrow night:

Don’t miss it!

It looks extremely inspirational! And quite coincidental that I may be hashing on Wednesday ….


I will try not to miss it!

ant ant 10:53 pm 20 Oct 08

Grumble. I’ll try to paste the url again (the code here is bizarre).

ant ant 10:52 pm 20 Oct 08

Granny, there’s a show about you on tomorrow night:

Don’t miss it!

Granny Granny 10:43 pm 20 Oct 08

Ari said :

Ok. But you have to cook the results!

I’ll cook ’em if you eat ’em ….


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