Posts tagged ‘brunch’

March 4, 2011

QVB Tea Room High Tea

by minibites

Instead of the chicken roll Saturday morning with the boys, it was a pleasant change to have high tea brunch (or otherwise known as a fast paced gossip session) with the girls. “High tea” originated in the 17th century, where the Duchess would invite her friends over to have a meal of breads, small cakes and tea. Queen Victoria later made it popular but high tea was actually enjoyed by the working class, and low tea was served to the rich.

We didn’t don any pearls or high button silk blouses, but opted for the elaborate QVB tea room. The QVB tea room is amazing gorgeous; naturally lit, floral tea sets and goodies served on the traditional 3-tier Royal Albert silver sets. It is a set menu with a 3-tier set of savories and sweets and a tea of your choosing.

I choose an Earl Grey tea, many hate the smell of it, but I love it! There’s something that reminds me of having tea with my grandma.

The savoury tier

The savoury tier was filled with cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches, egg sandwiches and a platter of buttery scones with a platter of fresh cream and homemade strawberry jam. Being my first high tea, I have to admit that I’m not a complete fan of cucumber sandwiches… perhaps my tummy was feeling tipsy turvy that morning. I did love the scones with unstrained and lumpy sweet strawberry jam.

The sweet tiers

I’ve always had a sweet tooth, so the glistering lemon & almond babycakes, vibrant fruit tarts, artificially looking macarons, sugar dusted passionfruit shortbread and dark tiramisu sponge cake all sat there waiting for me to gobble them all up. The tier with the tiramisu sponge was my favourite, with just the perfect amount of bite sized pieces. The second tier of sweets were very disappointing, with a unsatisfying macaron and passionfruit “sandwich”.

It was a lovely way to start the weekend, but the hunt is definitely on to look for more high tea places!

QVB Tea Room
Lvl 3, North End, QVB
455 George St, Sydney

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February 14, 2011

Kazbah on Top Ryde

by minibites

This isn’t your typical brunch hot spot with the eggs, poached, scrambled or fried – eggs are mixed with sprinkles of herbs and spices, delicious and rich meats, greens, reds, and cheese, cheese, cheese! Kazbah makes you fall in love with the vibrant colours, protein filled dishes, sauces and abundance of flavours and textures. There’s the original at Balmain, but it was tempting to give this one a go with no queues and a more laid back atmosphere.

Chickpea Fritters, Pork Belly Shish Kebab, Baby Spinach, Roast Tomato

A pork belly skewer for brunch is definitely an overindulgence; but it was crispy with that thick layer of crackling sitting on top. The poached egg ooozed over the stack of cheese, baby spinach sitting on top of a crispy chickpea fritter.

Roast Pumpkin, Spinach, Roast Capsicum, Roast Tomato, Caramelised Onion, Feta, Eggs, Turkish Toast, Lebanese Bread

My other foodie choose a vegetarian tagine, a dish orientating from Morocco. All of the ingredients such as pumpkin, spinach, capsicum, tomatoes, onions, eggs and feta cheese are thrown into a glazed pot, the tagine, and slowly cooked. The eggs were a little overdone, but still a delicious veggie delight.

Chakchouka Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Turkish Toast

Of the three, I would favourite mine the most; a chakchouka of eggs involves a vibrant mix of peppers, tomatoes, onions, eggs of course, and plentiful of herbs and spices of paprika and chilli. Served on toasted turkish bread with slices of fresh smoked salmon, and topped with roe and dill. The eggs were light and fluffy and packed so much flavour to shake any hangover.

Amazing brunches with a twist.

Kazbah on Top Ryde
Top Ryde Shopping Centre
109/129 Blaxland Rd
Ryde, Sydney

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September 6, 2010

Inkr7 Cafe & Bar, Melbourne

by minibites

Smoked trout, poached egg, avocado salad & toast

Scrambled eggs, mushrooms, chorizo sausage & toast

It was a shame that we had to scoff the above in 5 minutes then rushing our the door, wiping the bread crumbs off our tops and coffee froth from our top lips. We stumbled by this little place by accident to “by” some time before a meeting but after smelling the eggs and bacon, we couldn’t help ourselves but to order some food. And I know I should have been more inventive with my decision but I opted for the typical breakfast with a little spicy kick from the chorizo sausage. I did however, hover over my colleague’s dish of smoked trout served with a oozing poached egg and avocado salad, which was a fresh alternative for breakfast. And from what I was allowed to eat, the food was great – crunchy multigrain toast, creamy eggs, herbed mushrooms and spicy chorizo.

Buzzing with locals, so it was a shame we couldn’t stay!

Inkr7 Cafe & Bar
7 Inkerman St
St Kilda, Melbourne

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