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In Breakfast, Café, Dining on
June 21, 2018

Bare Grill, La Perouse

$25 is pretty standard for the price of brunch in Sydney.

It will probably get you a big breakfast in most cafés, or an eggs benny and drink, or perhaps a slightly more substantial lunch dish. But if you want to take your $25 further, you’ve got to visit Bare Grill.

Bare Grill, La Perouse

Breakfast Tower

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In Breakfast, Burgers, Café, Dining on
January 21, 2018

Allegra Dining, Waterloo

You won’t find Allegra Dining unless you’re looking for it.

Tucked away in the back corner of a small cute complex on Danks Street it’s hidden from the street but walk a little deeper and you’ll strike gold at Allegra Dining. On most days, you’ll find this Italian restaurant on break during the day but the recent addition of their Sunday brunch menu means that you can now also enjoy coffee, eggs and other delicious food during daylight hours too.

But by brunch, don’t think of your typical busy Surry Hills style kind of brunch with long queues, short stools, small tables and crowded spaces- instead it’s a much more relaxed vibe, a spacious setting with plenty of natural light and if you’re lucky, a view of the (not for swimming) pool that sits in the middle of the complex. It’s an unexpectedly nice enclosed space, tastefully decked out with palm trees and cactus, and if cocktails by the pool are your thing, Allegra can do that too- they even have a breakfast cocktail menu!

Rosa Frappe ($8)

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In Australia, Breakfast, Café, Dining, Travel on
July 2, 2017

Travel | Adelaide, 2017

I don’t travel interstate often, so I was quite excited when I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Adelaide for a friend’s wedding (which in itself was exciting enough), to also check out the Adelaide food scene which I had heard so much about over the years. And although we really only have one full day to explore the city (i.e. three meals worth) we made sure we made the most of it!

Fairweather

Due to lack of money and leave, we’d packed in a tight schedule, catching the first (6:50am!) flight in the morning and arriving in Adelaide when it was still breakfast time. With stomachs grumbling and eyes struggling to stay open, we were overdue for a coffee and a bite and wasted no time in finding anywhere in particular to eat and headed across the road to the closest cafe Google Maps could find us.

And this was how we ended up in Fairweather, a small cafe hidden in the back graffiti lined alleyways of Adelaide’s CBD. Its location and minimalistic interior has a very Melbourne-esque feel, but its menu is somewhat less hipster and exactly what we’re looking for that morning.

Iced Coffee

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In Breakfast, Café, Dining on
September 7, 2015

Local Mbassy, Ultimo

Cappuccino (Lge $4)

We’d been due for a coffee date at Local Mbassy before I left for Broken Hill more than 9 weeks ago now, but never had the time to go so now that I’m back and not too lazy to go out, we decided to make a trip to try out this cafe!

It’s pretty hard to not have heard of Local Mbassy, with pictures of their famous red velvet pancakes popping up everywhere around the internet these days. And so popular are these pancakes that pretty much every single table has one of them!

Mocha (Lge $4.50)

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In Australia, Breakfast, Café, Dining, Travel on
July 24, 2015

Travel | Broken Hill: Thom, Dick and Harry’s

In our quest to try all the restaurants and cafes there are in Broken Hill,  we end up at Thom, Dick and Harry’s on the weekend, which we’ve heard good tings about. It’s a cute little shop which is a bit of everything- homewares store, florist, gourmet grocer and cafe.

We’d been in the weekend before, browsing their homewares and did notice their menu seemed quite enticing so we were quite excited to try the little cafe up the back. There’s not much seating- two tables at the back, a larger high table up the front and a couple outside though no one wants to sit outside in the current cold weather!

Mocha (Lge $4.5)
 

Cold weather calls for warm drinks, so I order a large mocha. Interesting, they tell us to give it a good stir before drinking, which we realise is because the chocolate powder has not been completely dissolved yet. I can’t say I was too fond of this coffee- tastewise it was alright, but the froth was not quite fine enough for my liking.

Scrambled Eggs With Chorizo ($14.90)
 

The food was definitely the highlight of this cafe- they offer a breakfast menu, a baguette menu and a small display of tarts and quiches. 
 
We weren’t too hungry as we’d just had breakfast so we chose to share the scrambled eggs with chorizo. It’s a rather small serving, but quality is the key here, not quantity. The scrambled eggs are enjoyably light and fluffy, the chorizo tasty, and the addition of spinach and capsicum add a nice touch of freshness to the dish. The two toasted baguette slices are also enjoyable, being of the softer type and not overly crunchy either. 
 
Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding ($5.95)

We had considered going for dessert afterwards, but their dessert menu also seemed quite enticing so we ordered the chocolate pudding as well. A warm chocolate pudding is always welcoming during winter, and their version was nice and warm with a delicious rich chocolatey sauce, paired well with a nice creamy vanilla ice cream and some fresh strawberries. We did find the pudding a little floury, but overall we quite liked this dessert!

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