French toast has come a long way from stale bread dipped in egg. Made with fancy-schmancy brioche, loaded with berries and doused in maple, Auckland’s best cafes have well and truly mastered the art of breakfast. Sugar friends, sink your sweet teeth into this list of the best French toast in Auckland.
Rosebank Coffee & Kitchen
Rosebank Coffee & Kitchen’s French toast isn’t just a meal, it’s a piece of art. You’ll be served three chunky slabs of toast that’s delightfully crunchy on the outside, yet soft and fluffy on the inside. It’s paired with dollops of banana toffee, Grand Marnier-infused mandarin and salted cocoa crumble. The dish is then lovingly adorned with edible flowers.
The Collins Café & Bar
The Collins Café & Bar has taken the humble French toast and given it a Southern-style makeover. We’re talking cubes of brioche bread encrusted with macadamia nuts and cornflakes—hoooly moly! The nuggets of crispy happiness are smothered in syrup and topped with fresh blueberries.
We can confirm, the two brioche French toast offerings from Misters are both equally divine! Those with a sweet tooth won’t be able to resist their caramelised banana number with vanilla cashew cream, roasted hazelnut and cacao soil. Alternatively, there’s a berry and kaffir lime option with coconut yoghurt, berries and granola.
Honey Café’s brioche French toast is creating a buzz in Takapuna (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves). It’s spiced with cinnamon and topped with caramelised banana, honey mascarpone and vanilla maple syrup. Pro tip: opt to add free-range bacon because, bacon.
Auckland newcomer, Champ Canteen is quickly getting a reputation for the best coffee and toasted sammies in town. Their hazelnut crumbed brioche French toast is also worth getting excited about. The toast comes in a thick pool of custard complete with caramelised bananas, bacon and ice cream. Proceed with caution—it’s not for the faint hearted (or borderline diabetic).
Cali All Day Eatery
The French toast from Cali All Day Eatery is—quite simply—rather insane. You’ll be served a mighty brioche bun divided into three and fried to perfection. The bun is then dusted with icing sugar and paired with strawberries, mascarpone, seeds and lashings of the all-important maple syrup.
The banoffee brioche French toast from Bambina is certainly better than your average—in fact, it’s amazing. The two huge slices of toast are stacked with ‘nanas and served with fresh strawberries and oranges. The best part? It also features a sweet dulce de leche. We can also vouch for their oh-so Instagramable—not to mention delicious—hot cake.
You can trust a French café to serve up some of Auckland’s best French toast. L’Assiette’s pain perdu (translation: French toast) served with fresh summer fruits and berry compote will make you one happy camper. Their French crêpes and pastries (particularly their almond croissant) are also some of the best in town.