Archive for ‘Breakfast’

March 20, 2012

Bread & Circus

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Bread & Circus

Tucked away amongst the For Lease signs, industrial yards and hustle and bustle of trucks, Bread and Circus brings along delicious super foods in their rustic warehouse canteen. Stripy deck chairs, beams of natural light and plenty of scattered pots of herbs and vegetables.

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

The menu changes daily, but be sure to bump in early if you want dibs on certain dishes as sometimes I’ve been one step too late with hot favourites being scribbled off the menu. Your vegetarian friends will love you for bringing them here but for those who need a little more, there’s always a protein option add on.

Bread & Circus

The best option is to grab a plate of everything. Today’s salad delights were a mix of fried snake beans, roast zucchini, pear with couscous, potatoes and a smokey nutmeg eggplant. I love the diversity of flavours and Bread & Circus sure makes salads sexy again.

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Honourable mentions go out to the snake beans with a jalapeno coriander kick, the amazing baked pear; sweet and indulgent but balanced with couscous goodness. Not much of a fan of eggplant in general, but my foodie companion scoffed them down a treat.

If salads don’t tickle your fancy, there’s plenty of canteen styled sandwich boxes with plenty of meat, sauces, salad and generous slices of fresh sourdough bread.

Bread & CircusPreservative free bangalow pork chilli kicked salami 

Bread & CircusPoached organic Ingewood chicken w/ basil oil & thyme biodynamic yoghurt

Amongst the sandwich boxes, you’d need to pull me in a tug-a-war to decide on a favourite. Whatever protein you’re feeling, there’s bound to be a box that best suits you. The salami brings along a feisty little kick, the smoked ham is thick and generous with a sinus clearing mustard, whereas the chicken is teamed with a beautiful basil oil and thyme yoghurt.

Bread & Circus

Bread & CircusGenmaicha

There’s also a list of fresh juices and pipping hot teas. I picked one of the most usual ones of the list, a roasted brown rice and popcorn green tea. It smells amazing but definitely for those who enjoy wild teas.

Bread & Circus

And if all the superfoods are making you feel really angelic, there’s a few sweets on the counter that’s up for grabs. Feeling cheeky, we grab a huuuge (size of our plate..) cookie with generous portions of chocolate chips and nuts. Oh boy…

Bread & Circus

Perfect spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch – and being very child (little tables and chairs!) and dog friendly; Bread & Circus definitely helps promote healthy food for a clear mind and body!

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

And if you’re wondering where the coffee aroma is lingering from… don’t forget to check out Don Campos who are at the front of the warehouse. They also offer a few more tasty pastry morsels for the hungry.

Bread & Circus
21 Fountain St
Alexandria, Sydney
www.breadandcircus.com.au 

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Don Campos
21 Fountain St
Alexandria, Sydney

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March 7, 2012

Greenhouse by Joost, Melbourne

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Greenhouse by Joost

Pop-ups are ever so delightful to run into. After wandering along Southbank for breakfast and coffee, there was noticeably a large number of shipping containers, oil drums and green folliage from a distance. Parked opposite Crown Casino and as part of the month long Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Greenhouse by Joost has popped up in Melbourne.

Greenhouse by Joost

There’s no denying that the view out into the water could be as glamorous as Sydney‘s, but the look, feel and certainly woody smell still lingers around in this Melbourne pop-up.

Greenhouse by Joost

Coffee is served only for the dine in guests, but they are more than happy to fill a reusable cup. Coffee in is served in very cute terracotta tumblers, while fresh orange juice is squeezed and served in glass jam jars.

Greenhouse by JoostScrambled eggs & toast

Greenhouse by Joost

Greenhouse by JoostPoached eggs & toast

It’s early morning so there’s only a handful of dishes available for breakfast. Scrambled eggs are generous and protein perfect to start my day (loooong day at a conference!) while my foodie companion digs into the style of poached eggs on toast. They came with a pre-warning caution as the poached eggs are cooked differently to create a “just under” egg white and super runny egg yolk; I have a suspicion that they were cooked using a sous vide machine.

Greenhouse by Joost

Greenhouse by Joost is always worth a wander into if it ever pops up in your neighbourhood. It’s architectually interesting and food is equally intriguing.

Greenhouse is open from the 2nd to 20th March 2012.

Greenhouse by Joost
Queensbridge Square
Southbank, Melbourne
http://byjoost.com/greenhouse

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February 4, 2012

Sotto on West

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Sotto on West

Everyone loves a good spot for breakfast – brightly lit, no lines, quick service and delicious food. The food can be simple and fresh, but the main thing is… breakfast is served up quick!

After a little adventure in the north, a energy pit stop was required. We swing by a little, cosy cafe which is soon to grow with extensions under approval. Sotto on West dishes up good ol’ breakfast favourites and delicious coffee. The menu isn’t overwhelming so orders are quick and food comes out with a blink of an eye (even on a Sunday!).

Sotto on West

Sotto on West
Double Eggs and Bacon Roll

Sotto on West
Scrambled Eggs

I settle with the scrambled eggs and light rye sourdough toast with an added side of shaved ham. It’s deliciously fluffy and the smell of fresh chives definitely wake me up. The boy opts for the eggs and bacon roll in unusually triangular buns; and it’s overfilling with protein goodness.

Sotto on West

My eyes can’t help but get drawn to the roof with the super cool teapot and teacup lamps. I love how this is the only quirky touch, and the rest of the cafe isn’t entirely done; apart from a few odd colourful cushions and ottomans.

Sotto on West
67 West St
North Sydney, Sydney

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July 9, 2011

The Hardware Societie, Melbourne

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The Hardware Societie

Melbourne is almost my second home, and proud to say that I’ve gravitated away from the touristy Degraves St to find more tastier brunch options. It’s early and there are crowds buzzing around in the laneway, all with their ears open waiting for their name to be yelled out. Our names are taken on a large paper doily and the only option is to mull over the menu again and again till we’re called in.

The Hardware Societie

On the outside, the cafe is simple on the outside and so easily missed as it’s tucked between the tall skyscrapers of the city. But inside, it has quirky little accents that make you feel like nanna has invited you over for tea. The gorgeous long oak communal table has floral sugar pots and vibrant yellow butter plates. There are personal touches here and there, even with one of the staff’s birthday wish list is written on the wall.

The Hardware Societe

I’m beginning to enjoy ordering tea instead of coffee for brunch to see all the wonderful ways it can be presented. On wooden trays, with timers, and now with homemade knitted tea cosys and tea served in delicate gold rimmed china. Squeal!!

The Hardware Societe
Poached Eggs

The Hardware SocieteBaked Eggs

Presentation points go far and beyond for this little cafe. My foodies choose the poached eggs in terracotta pots filled with poached eggs, chorizos, roasted baby peppers, tomatoes, chickpeas and goats cheese. My baked eggs come in a cute little red pot packed to the brim with goodies! Delicious eggs, peas, chorizo bites and cherry tomatoes – both finished off with fresh slices of bread with olive oil.

It was so cosy and warm inside, I didn’t want to leave!

The Hardware Societe
120 Hardware St
Melbourne

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May 31, 2011

Three Bags Full, Melbourne

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Three Bags Full

Three Bags Full

After walking about 2km to get here, it’s a huge sigh of relief to walk into a cosy warm cafe. Inside it’s hustling and bustling for a Friday morning, filled with diners shielding from the cold and digging into bacon and eggs, hot coffee and pots of tea. The outside looks deceiving as it’s the corner of a block long warehouse block, but inside it boasts high ceilings, occasional traffic sign tables, modern paintings and rustic oak communal tables.

Three Bags Full

Three Bags Full
House Cured Salmon

Three Bags Full
Pumpkin & Sage Fritters

My foodies dig into the fritter based dishes; firstly with ribbons of amazingly house cured salmon, on a corn, pea and feta fritter topped with fresh rocket, wedges of avocado and a side of dill sour cream. The pumpkin and sage fritters are a heavier and little more of a guilty pleasure for breakfast, but still very tasty – served with grilled haloumi, creamed feta, crispy prosciutto, roast cherry tomatoes and mountains of rocket.

Three Bags Full
Pea & Eggs

Three Bags Full
Atlantic Eggs 

On the eggs side of the table, we enjoy pea & eggs; a combination of crushed peas, poached eggs, mint, tomato vinaigrette and feta crumbles all on top of sourdough toast. I like the introduction of peas into breakfast, it’s a light yet tasty vegetable that should be definitely used more often. I enjoy the atlantic eggs; toast, smoked salmon, poached eggs and vibrant and generous hollandaise sauce. It has a good balance; with just the right sourness and creamy texture.

Three Bags Full

A little trek (more of an adventure..) from Melbourne CBD but definitely worth the find.

Three Bags Full
60 Nicholson St
Melbourne
www.threebagsfullcafe.com

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