On the odd occasion I find myself down the mean streets of Hawthorn, Liar Liar is without question my cafe of choice. What I like about it most is that it is so very un-Hawthorn. Letâ€™s be honest, Hawthorn is lovely but just a little too sanitised for mine. So when I first stumbled upon it, I wanted to yell, â€œvictoryâ€. Finally a cafe with some personality and killer coffee.
Personality it does have, though not in an out-of-place kind of way. It still has the polish that you would expect of the neighbourhood; rest assured you wonâ€™t be sitting on a milk crate. No sir, designer chairs all the way for your gentrified butt.
If you’re a bit of a cafe-tart you might get a slight sense of deja vu when you visit Liar Liar. That’s because two of Melbourne’s most talented operators originally set-up Liar Liar: Nolan Hirte of Proud Mary and Nathan Toleman of Three Bags Full. There are loads of touches here that have made it to their new ventures, like the metal die-cut light fittings and the coffee group door handle, not to mention the passionate focus on food and coffee. I personally really like the link between their old and new ventures. Itâ€™s like a visual history of Melbourne’s Third Wave.
Liar Liar is now owned by St Ali who own a number of cafes including Outpost in South Yarra and Il Fornaio in St Kilda. No surprise that they have continued the coffee focus. There’s a choice of blends and single origins, not to mention an extensive array of brewing methods: Clover, syphon, pour-over and espresso. In short, Liar Liar is a coffee oasis in a fairly barren stretch.
The food is similarly excellent. The breakfast menu is super extensive and represents the quality cafe fare that Melburnians have come to expect. I defy you not to find something you like on their menu.
So next time you’re in leafy Hawthorn, grab 15 minutes to enjoy the goodness that is Liar Liar.