So, you’ve eaten enough café breakfasts to have seen the trends evolve from eggs benedict on potato hash to charcoal pancakes. You’ve ordered savoury waffles, asked for extra bacon in your green buddha bowl and eaten into your home savings account because of dukkah-topped avo smash—what’s next (aside from a second coffee)?
Well, we reckon it’s the breakfast board. A morning meal phenomenon, where decisions are no longer required and you can eat all your favourite breakfast foods in one meal. And, being of a generous size, they are also perfect to share with any bunching companion.
Rise and shine, here where to get an epic breakfast board in Brisbane.
Kith N Chow
If you’re a south side local, then you’d certainly know about Mount Gravatt’s iconic Kith N Chow. If you’re not, you should still know about Kith N Chow. It’s a rambling and cosy caravan cafe, set outdoors under a mishmash of umbrellas, vines, plants and tables. They specialise in breakfast boards, so sampling their wares with a friend or two is a must. Sourdough, fried eggs, smoked salmon, little bowls of granola, yoghurt and fruit, greens, haloumi, mushrooms and tomatoes—it’s a feast fit for a king, no matter which side of the river you come from.
Pineapple Express Cafe
Hamilton And Eaton’s Hill
They call themselves a superfood cafe, so you can have a super start to any day at Pineapple Express. If you’re brunching with a friend, the Pineapple share board is the way to do it. Healthy and fresh, the board is stocked with all the things to get you going—poached eggs, haloumi, pumpkin seed bread, avocado, homemade hash, pulled pork AND bacon (yes, two piggy products), and a delicious beetroot relish. You also get two mini versions of their famed breakfast açai bowls, so no need to choose between sweet and savoury.
Miss Jones Café
Break the fast with a touch of class and go for Miss Jones’s high brunch (like high tea, but for brunch). It’s a mere technicality that this isn’t a breakfast board. Overlook the fact that it is served on a tiered stand (three tiers, that is), because this tower is meant to be shared and gives you a vast selection of food. Work your way up from the eggs, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes to the European-inspired selection of cheeses, meats and accompaniments, and don’t forget the high tea staple—scones. Miss Jones’s pastel interiors may be minimalist, but this brunch option is very extra.
Part vintage motorcycle garage, part café and bar and sometimes event space and barber, Smoked Garage may seem quite niche, but it’s undeniably a cool hangout for anyone, motorcycle enthusiast or not. Bonus, they’ve just started serving up all day breakfast, and on the menu is one seriously epic share board. A wooden platter laden with croissants, avocado, bacon, scrambled eggs and a steaming skillet of sausage and tomato, it’s enough for two. Does that rev your engines or what?
Little Dreamer Café
Breakfast dreams are made (and eaten) at Little Dreamer Café. All their breakfast eats are a stunner to look it, but none as much as the Dreamer’s breakfast tower—a true pièce de résistance. Comprised of two levels (yes, TWO), it features a board piles with eggs, bacon, hash browns, avocado toast, mushrooms and other breakfast goodies, crowned with a plate of the prettiest waffles you will ever see. More than two of you sharing? Opt for the double tower, with two savoury boards to feast on. No one will be going home hungry, that’s for sure.
Amin’s Butcher And Grill
This new butcher and grill in West End has just started serving up breakfast, and they’ve got an epic platter on the menu. Amin's dishes up a build-your-own breakfast board, piled high with your choice of everything from sausages, beef kofta, lamb bacon, eggs, haloumi and felafel to sauces and dips like labna, hummus and spicy zaatar and zayt (oil and spices for dipping). While you're tucking in, you also need to sample some of the venue's Middle Eastern drinks—think Turkish coffee, ayran (a Turkish yoghurt drink) and salep, a comforting blend of warm milk and cinnamon.
Say namaste to the week past and the week ahead with a weekend brunch board in West End. Buddha Brothers puts together a plant-based vegan breakfast board with enough tucker to fill even the emptiest of tummies. Eat every colour in the rainbow with big hunks of roasted pumpkin and mushroom, quinoa, cabbage, edamame and fresh tomato (and much MUCH more) sprinkled generously with hemp and sesame. And let’s not forget the acai bowl, topped off with bright slices fruit and coconut. Get all your nourishment in one beautiful board.
Not keen on sharing? Check out Brisbane’s best breakfast spots for a solo plate here.
Image credit: Ranyhyn Laine (Amin’s Butcher), Little Dreamer Cafe