One of my favourite dessert flavours is black sesame, so when I found out Qube on Bay was bringing back their Black Sesame French toast, I was super keen to try.
The location, just a short walk across from Broadway shopping centre, has left me wishing that it had opened just a couple of years earlier when I was still in uni. I’m guessing it probably gets quite busy during the uni semester, but on Saturday afternoon it’s not nearly as packed as I had imagined.
Black Sesame Milkshake
It’s great to see how far the cafe scene in the Hills grown in the past couple of years, and whilst there’s plenty of new cafes to try, one that remains a local favourite is The Local Trade. It’s location next to the playground makes it a popular spot for family’s and it’s buzzing when we pop in for a quick brunch on Sunday morning.
Sweet potato chips ($7)
Matcha Latte ($4.50, large)
There’s no shortage of brunch options in Castle Towers, with the opening of multiple cafes in the past year. But if you’re after a quieter spot for a quick bite, there’s also Three Beans Café, one of the older cafés in the area.
Mocha Frappe ($6.50)
We’re visiting on a weekend, and though its busy, it’s not difficult to grab a table. Service is quick and efficient, and our coffees and meals are served very shortly after ordering at the counter.
Smoked Salmon on Rye
There’s a generous serving of smoked salmon and guacomole on the Smoked Salmon on rye, although we’re a little disappointed there’s only one egg! It’s a simple combination, but we felt like it could do with a bit of sauce for flavour and the rye a little more toasting.
Corn and Zucchini Fritters ($13.90)
The Corn and zucchini fritters are an impressively low energy (calorie) option, with a serve only being 1010kJ. Part of reason is that the serve size is notably smaller than what you might find elsewhere, but it’s great for a light lunch. The fritters are lightly pan fried, they’re thin and soft and tasty although nothing to rave about.
Nourish Bowl ($14.90)
The menu consist mostly of your typical brunch staples (think eggs on toast) but what captures my attention are the selection of veggie packed bowls. And I’m not disappointed by the fresh veggies in my Nourish Bowl. It comes filled with grains, peas, kale, avocado, red cabbage, carrot, onion, coriander and egg with ginger dressing.
You don’t find too many cafés with a simple name like Arthur Street Cafe anymore.
It’s simple and straight to the point. Just like the café itself.
Acai Smoothie Bowl
You won’t find anything gimmicky or particularly whacky on their single paged menu, but it’s simple classic café offerings are are what make it a local favourite.
We score an outdoor table, but there’s plenty of seating indoors if you prefer to stay out of the sun. But we’re liking the nice relaxed suburbian vibe. There’s kids playing throw and catch across the road and occasional dog walkers but it’s mostly quiet. It almost feels like I’m sitting on my front lawn.
Savoury Corn Waffle ($16.80)
It must be great to live in an apartment complex like the one that houses Basket Brothers. I can totally imagine taking the lift down to ground level each weekend and only needing another 10 or so steps to enjoy a delicious brunch at this quaint cafe.
It’s located right next to the ever so popular Social Hideout, and truth be told we were much more drawn to the colourful dishes and cutely decked out interior of the Social Hideout than the more simplistic menu and decor of Basket Brothers. But we did give them both a go, and are glad to report that Basket Brothers is well worth a visit.
Smoked Brisket Hash ($17.5)
Even if it wasn’t Basket Brothers’ most Instagrammed dish, the Beef Brisket Hash would be my first pick from their menu- and it’s not difficult to see why it’s so popular! The combination of tender smoked beef brisket on toast is something different to your usual avo on toast options, and if that’s not enticing enough, the yolk porn from the fried egg on top seals the deal for me!
And the photo doesn’t do justice for the size of the dish- it is a massive serve- you’ll want to be sharing this with someone!
The smoked beef brisket is as tender as it looks and sounds, and is cooked with carrots in a tomato-ey sauce which makes it more like a hearty beef stew. The slice of toasted sourdough it’s served upon seems tiny in comparison to the pile of meat, so it that’s not enough carbs for you, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s also potato in the beef mix too.
Truffled Mushroom ($17)