Brunch may be Sydney’s favourite meal of the day, but too often the perfect brunch experience is hankered by long lines, weak coffee and stodgy eggs. But come one, come all you hungover (or just hungry) urbanites. This list is your golden ticket to the hippest and most dependable brunch spots in town.
The great achievement of Kepos Street Kitchen is that it’s both highly ambitious and thoroughly accessible. Forget poached eggs and mushrooms, Israeli chef Mickael Rantissi delivers Middle Eastern fare that will make you rethink your boring breakfast agenda. Every dish, from the cross-cultural Moroccan lamb cigars with Vegemite tahina to the nostalgic jaffa chocolate crepes, rewards adventurous diners with quiet surprises. This is the kind of serious cooking that often goes with a sterile space and a hefty price tag, but Kepos is content with very humane prices and a corner dining room with a home-away-from-home vibe.
We’re going to put it out there: this is where you’ll find the best bircher muesli in Sydney. Go for a walk along Bronte Beach and then stroll up the hill to the breakfast hotspot, Three Blue Ducks. You know a restaurant’s good when it’s chef Matt Moran’s regular choice for a weekend post-workout meal. Most menu items are down the healthy end of the tasty scale, fitting when you’re dining with glowing beach bodies. Beans come via industry leaders, Single Origin Roasters, so make sure you order a coffee, or two.
Brunchers be warned, when you’re planning on enjoying a meal at an institution like The Boathouse, you either arrive early or you happily get in line. Perched on the waters edge, The Boathouse is like a beach shack from Vogue magazine; baskets overflow with flowers and fruit and you can hire a tinny to putt around the bay. Join the health junkies sipping green smoothies at stylishly weathered tables or just give in to the inevitable and tuck into an overflowing plate of baked eggs with ricotta and gremolata and caramelised French toast with vanilla ice cream.
If you’ve got your finger on the foodie pulse, then Single Origin is old news, but that doesn’t make it any less important. A stalwart in the café scene, Single Origin has a cult following who visit day-in, day-out for everything from their caffeine fix to inventive breakfast dishes such as quinoa and smoked trout kedgeree and twice-cooked egg with black pudding. For days when you’re after a meal that’s a little left of centre.
This hole-in-the-wall espresso bar and café fits in perfectly with the fast-paced Potts Point crowd. It takes its reputation as the friendly neighbourhood coffee shop seriously, delivering genuine service, smooth Mecca coffee and hearty breakfasts that don’t break the bank. We recommend Dan’s famous breakfast rice; made with red rice, black rice and quinoa with a generous dollop of stewed rhubarb, rosewater and yoghurt. Yum! Cash only.
With the cronut headquarters upstairs, churning out piping hot trays of croissant/donut hybrids to feed the hungry hordes in the café below, it’s no surprise that this is one of the hottest breakfast destinations in Sydney. Add to the equation smooth and rich coffee, with beans sourced from fair-trade plantations across the globe, and you’ve got yourself a winning brunch combination. Get your trendy on, head to the inner east, snap your #cronut and join the craze.
Taking inspiration from the culinary traditions of his homeland, owner and Chef Somer Sivrioglu brings Sydneysiders a set breakfast menu ($29 per person) of Turkish delicacies. Located in a restored Victorian mansion on the corner of Darling and Elliot Streets, Efendy offers a roomy courtyard where you can sit beneath leafy trees and watch the delicate dishes come in waves. Show up with an appetite and feast on the likes of sujuk spicy sausages, pistachio helva, Turkish tea and curly haloumi.
Just like Darryl Kerrigan’s home, Anvil Coffee Co.’s selling point is “location, location, location.” Guests at Anvil enjoy the soft rush of water lapping at Kirribilli wharf. You won’t find a more civil environment in which to enjoy burnt butter Arabian eggs with Greek yoghurt and mint and olive oil panini stuffed with Bangalow double smoked ham, onion jam and a gooey poached egg. The menu is succinct with just five items listed, but where they lack in quantity, they more than make up for in superb quality.
After a quick goosey gander at the menu, you soon realise why Porch and Parlour is a Bondi mainstay. Pull up a crate outside and breathe the sea air while tucking into a dishes like scrambled tofu with hummus or a green breaky bowl, packed with kale, spinach, quinoa, eggs and fresh herbs, offering more health benefits than kilojoules in a meat pie. Throw in a green smoothie or cold pressed green juice, and Porch ensures you start the day on a strong note. Not a health saint? There’s always the devil’s breakfast with chorizo, fried potato, toast and chilli-coated eggs that will cure all your ills.