Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

Room 10, Potts Point

Leaving Sydney town early one morning, and I needed to find a breakfast place that was open super early so I could hit the road by 7.15. Room 10 provided the answer – they open at 7am, and you can get food takeaway.

I chose to get Breakfast Rice ($12), and a soy coffee ($4.5).

This was handily presented in a two cup cardboard carrier, with a spoon telling me which one to eat:

Takeaway times two

It looks so pretty, and smells really yummy. I think it was the vanilla.

The menu describes the breakfast rice as: “Creamed red rice, black quinoa, toasted walnuts, pepitas & sunflower seeds served with fresh fruit, stewed rhubarb, natural yogurt, breakfast dukkah and honey”

This is what my tastebuds told me:

Breakfast rice

First up, I get an unexpected hit of cumin. The ‘rice’ bit includes brown rice, vanilla seeds, red quinoa, poppyseeds, shredded apple, almonds, walnuts, pistachio, sunflower seeds, and a sliced piece of dried peach. This is topped with yoghourt, nigella seeds, banana, fig and strawberries. I could see this being a regular dessert-y snack, the fruit topping and yoghourt makes it lovely and sweet, but not overpowering.

The coffee was good, well put together, and made awake enough to hit the road. Perfect!

Room 10
street: 10 Llankelly Pl, Sydney NSW 2011
phone: 0425 810 174
M-F: 0700-1600
S-S: 0800-1600

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The Freshwater Club

The prompt: “there is a lovely cafe at freshwater if you want to head up this way”


Coffee orders are taken upon first arrival, and turn up quickly.
Coffee is strong and decorative. You can feel the kickstart. Sarah thinks that the latte art (foam art?) is a picture of a dog, I thought Santa Claus with a large moustache:

Coffee @ The Freshwater Club

Corn fritters ($15.50) for brunch:
Freshwater club

These come with rocket, bacon and roast tomatoes, all of which was unexpected. They were all quite tasty.

I have certainly made pea and haloumi fritters. There you purée half the pea batter to bind the fritters together. The corn fritters appear to have used a flour based batter, and were crunchy and gluggy at the same time. I have a feeling I ordered these mainly because of my potato rosti *fail* earlier in the day – kipfler potatoes do not make good rosti.

The veggie breakfast has also been highly recommended.

Breakfast available all day
Baby friendly
Freshwater Club
7B Lawrence Street
Freshwater NSW 2096

Fax: (02) 9400 9673
Mobile: 0415 609 109

Review: Brekky @ Brasserie Bread Cafe

Whenever I am in town prior to heading to work, I make the effort to got to the Brasserie Bread Café – they open at 7am, and I am able to stock up on some good bread and have a nice breakfast.

This time, I got the berry buttermilk pancakes, because I had been dreaming about them. I have had them at least twice before. Another favourite is the soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers, and the almond croissants – made with real almond meal rather than almond essence, and remaining crunchy throughout a days worth of snacking.

Unfortunately this time – what a disappointment! It was like they had deep fried them.

I have to hunt through my archives now to see if I took a picture of when I last had them, because I am pretty sure that they weren’t like that.

Surprisingly, despite the fact that I like some deep fried crispy things (like soft shell crab and a good churros), I really did not like these pancakes. I stocked up on some bread though (sour cherry, walnut and fig, sourdough wholemeal), and took note of what to order next time – a whole table of six got it – poached egg with smoked trout, parsley and fetta salad on toast. Looked delicious!!


Brasserie Bread Cafe

Monday to Friday – 7.00am to 3.00pm
Saturday & Sunday – 8.00am to 2.00pm
Closed Public Holidays and a few weeks in January.
1737 Botany Road, Banksmeadow, NSW 2019

Review: Kazbah on Darling, Balmain

Booked a big table for the breakfast brunch. Despite this, we were kept waiting for more than 30 minutes, before being seated with crayons and white butchers paper to amuse us. We were assured that our seating was delayed so that we could get a table that wouldn’t have a subsequent booking after us, and we wouldn’t have to rush our meal.

Understandably, they were quite busy on a Sunday morning, but we were then asked for our drinks order, and it took 30 minutes for them to arrive – and they did around the time of the second course.

I was super excited when I saw mint tea on the menu – thinking of the fresh mint tea from the Moroccan Soup Bar in Melbourne, which is a favourite. Unfortunately, it turned out to be dry powdery mint leaves, and nothing like the refreshing beverage I had been hoping for.

It took at least 15 minutes to get our first course: sweet couscous with cardamon milk, date porridge, and the star: rice pudding with caramelised walnuts. That was sweet and yellow, and dessert-like. Dairy/milk elimination diet went out the window – I had forgotten to specify beforehand, so I tucked in. Yum!

Second course: Eggs several ways on a platter of turkish bread. We had a choice of poached, scrambled and fried. I tried a little of the scrambled, and some of the perched and they were also delicious. This also came with a platter of spicy chorizo sausage, bacon and roast tomato. We had been discussing how to make the perfect hash browns – I had been explaining that since I had had such delicious hash browns in the USA, it had been very hard to go back to the frozen hash browns available in Australia. After all that build up, unfortunately, the round discs here were obviously frozen and deep fried, and they weren’t even crunchy!

Third up: Tagine, vego or spicy meat. I only managed to get a photo of the vego before everyone dug in; I have to say, the spicy meat (lamb) with tomato and egg cracked on top was my favourite of the two. I like pumpkin, but I find its taste overpowers everything with the sweetness.

Finally: Pancakes! I was expecting a big stack of pancakes, but instead, we got a very thick, cake-like thing that look like it had been cooked in a tagine sized dish. The chocolate and raspberry ‘pancake’ with butterscotch sauce was very sticky, sweet and gooey. When this cooled (and we were pretty full, so it did cool), the butterscotch sauce set like toffee, and it was hard not to lose a filling. The alternate pancake flavour was strawberry with maple syrup, and it seemed almost too plain.

We didn’t have much more time left for chit-chat and catching up: despite the earlier assurances, we were hurried out pronto. I guess cover is a cover, and Sunday trade being the busiest day, they had their eyes on the dollars.

Bookings highly recommended.

Kazbah on Darling
379 Darling Street – Balmain 2041
Phone: (02) 9555 7067
Fax: (02) 9810 5355
Breakfast – Tuesday to Sunday 8:00am – 3:00pm
Lunch – Tuesday to Sunday 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday 6:00pm – Late

Review: Campos Coffee and Luxe Bakery, early weekday morning

Campos was buzzy, busy, warm and inviting. The serving staff knew who to direct the coffees to, rather than generally just yelling out: “small soy flat white!!”. Luxe had opened at the same time, so I moseyed on over there after collecting my coffee to inspect the goods.
At Luxe, approximately 5 people waiting for coffee at 7am in the morning, from a single barista, and my first impression was of cold. Yes, it was a winter morning and they had just opened the doors and were taking deliveries, but the place felt very cold.
Bread available: Batard, Sourdough and a soy-linseed. Tried a loaf of the latter ($7.50!) since it is a favourite from Sonoma, and a blueberry, bran and ricotta muffin. Also eyespyed the banana bread – it looked like a cake with a sugared walnut topping that scattered everywhere when you opened the bag.
The muffin was delicious and felt very filling and not too sweet. My impression of the soy-linseed bread was that it had a thicker crust than the Sonoma, and seemed a bit denser. When toasted, it maintained the crispy crust and chewy inside, however the crust seemed a bit tough and hard going.

Luxe Bakery
194 Missenden Rd, Newtown, NSW 2042
Mon-Fri, 7am-4.30pm, Sat-Sun, 8am-4.30pm

Review: The Mess Hall, Melbourne

I stumbled across The Mess Hall the last time I was in Melbourne, and I had breakfast there on a Saturday morning. That time, I found the staff a bit self-absorbed, and not very attentive. I ended up with the omelette of the day – which had tomato and prosciutto, plus a side of mushrooms. I love mushrooms, but the chef’s didn’t know (or notice) that my omelette also contained a rather salty prosciutto, so I got a very salty hit for breakfast, because the mushrooms had been cooked with salt as well.
Later on, I found that it was a favourite haunt of a friend, and that they ate there all the time.
This time: I had left it too late to run up to Babka Bakery in Brunswick Street, so I went to the Mess Hall instead.

The place was buzzing on a Friday morning, with regulars grabbing their doses of takeaway coffee, and quite a few sitting down to have breakfast. I had chosen lemon and ricotta pancakes ($9.50), plus a coffee. This time – what a change!

The staff were very friendly. It came as two large pancakes with berries and some stewed rhubarb on top, and the whole lot fizzed after I added the lemon juice. The quantity was just right, and the coffee was delicious.
Saturday morning – the closed sign was still up at 7.50am, a number 86 tram was passing, so I ended up running up to Babka after all.

The Mess Hall

51 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC
(03) 9654 6800
Mon-Thu 7.30am-8pm
Fri 7.30am-10pm
Sat 7.30am-10pm
Sun 7.30am-6pm