Breakfast, how we love you so. You’re the first thing we think of when we wake up and the last thing on our mind when we fall into our evening slumber. Yep, our obsession with brekkie is real. If you love breakfast as much as we do, then you’ll want to make it a top priority this year.
Luckily, we live in one of the most brekkie-friendly cities in the world. From the sweet to the savoury to the dishes in between, we’ve found 17 breakfasts you need to eat in 2017. Rise and shine, Auckland!
Prawn Benedict | Champ CanteenNewmarket
Champ Canteen popped up in Newmarket late last year and quickly became one of the coolest spots in town. Their breakfast menu takes a walk on the wild side, especially with their eggs bene. Think sautéed garlic prawns, poached eggs, shrimp hollandaise and toasted croissant.
French Toast | Rosebank Coffee & KitchenAvondale
Rosebank Coffee & Kitchen’s French toast is a total masterpiece. Sitting on a piece of slate (oh-so fancy!), the elements of banana toffee, citrus, grand mariner and salted cocoa crumble are carefully plotted to create a piece of edible art. And it tastes pretty damn wonderful, too.
Paper Moon Beans & Bacon | Paper MoonMairangi Bay
This hearty dish from Paper Moon in Mairangi Bay has a solid rep and rightly so. BYO appetite though—it’s made up of baked beans, bacon, spicy chorizo sausage, smoky tomato relish, bell-pepper pesto, bagel, a free range poachie and hollandaise sauce. Mmm.
Blueberry Ricotta Hotcake | BambinaNewmarket
If, like us, you’re a sucker for beautiful breakfasts, then Bambina is where you need to go. This Newmarket café dishes up a stunning blueberry ricotta hotcake topped with berries, maple syrup, millet puffs, mascarpone and a pretty selection of edible flowers.
½ & ½ | DizengoffPonsonby
An oldie but a goodie, Dizengoff’s ½ and ½ is a breakfast you need to have tried if you’re an Aucklander (unless of course, you’re not a mushie fan). It features perfect scrambled eggs with creamy balsamic mushrooms on sourdough with a dollop of homemade pesto. Wash it down with an espresso and you’ve got yourself one of Auckland’s best breakfasts.
Buttermilk Pancakes | Major SproutAuckland City
There is almost always a wait at Major Sprout but trust us, it’s worth it. A shout-out must be given to their buttermilk pancakes (you’ve seen them plastered all over the ‘gram). These babies include almond mascarpone, butterscotch and toasted marshmallows. Om nom!
Turkish Bagel | OdettesCity Works Depot
While it’s more than tempting to opt for the classic PB&J bagel, let 2017 be the year you try Odettes’ Turkish bagel. It comes with brown butter ricotta, garden pea and Ora king salmon, and you’ll be hooked.
Creamy Mushrooms | Marua Road CaféEllerslie
Mushie-lovers, take note. Ellerslie’s breakfast game has thoroughly improved since Marua Road Café moved in. Our pick at this cool café are the creamy mushrooms—Swiss, field and Portobello mushies with chorizo, parmesan, crispy shredded kumara and toasted ciabatta.
Burnt Butter And Zucchini Waffles | KokakoGrey Lynn
Not only are Kokako creators of mighty fine coffee, they whip up some interesting yet taste bud pleasing dishes. Give the burnt butter and zucchini waffles a go. They’re made complete with sautéed wild mushrooms, caper berries, truffled goats cheese mousse (!), watercress and honeycomb. Uh huh, it is the goods.
Unicorn Breakfast Bowl | MondaysKingsland
Mondays is a Kingsland café oasis and serves up some truly tasty wholefoods delights. For a bowl of happiness, order the unicorn breakfast bowl—kiwifruit, date, banana, spinach, kale, coconut, paleo granola, chia seeds and seasonal fruit.
Smoked Bacon Sandwich | CeremonyGrafton
What’s not to love about Ceremony? With top-notch coffee, killer beats and a short but stellar menu, it’s one of those places that will never let you down. We’re borderline obsessed with the smoked bacon sandwich—over easy egg, cheddar, caramelised onion, rocket and chipotle ketchup.
Sweet Toast | The Midnight BakerMt Eden
Toast…but not as you know it. The Midnight Baker has a knack for taking a slice or two of their Natural Freedom Loaf and turning it into something you’ll never forget. The flame-torched pineapple, date caramel, Whoatella, coconut almond crunch and vanilla coconut ice cream is a treat.
Shakshuka | Ima DeliAuckland City
There’s nothing more soul-warming than shakuka. Get your fix at Ima Deli where they take spicy, slow-roasted tomatoes with homemade Moroccan merguez sausages, two poached free range eggs and toast to mop it up with.
Croissants + Coffee | Petit BocalSandringham
Two of life’s most simple breakfast pleasures—croissants and coffee—are best enjoying at a café that knows their French. Petit Bocal’s freshly baked croissant with butter and jam is perfection and as for their coffee, the latte art is worth the trip itself.
Sticky Black Rice & Coconut | Honey CaféTakapuna
Take a trip to Asia with Honey Café’s sticky black rice and coconut. The lemongrass black rice with palm sugar, banana, fresh fruit and coconut cream is something you need to try this year.
Wolfe Lentils | Federal & WolfeAuckland City
For a truly awesome breakfast in the CBD, look no further than Federal & Wolfe. Do yourself a favour and order the Wolfe Lentils. The tomato braised lentils with crisp potato hash, organic pork sausage, poached egg and hollandaise is a winning combo.
Crumpets | ChuffedAuckland City
We love us some crumpets and Chuffed’s are something special. Choose between lime, gin and beetroot-cured salmon, beetroot pureé, avocado and lemon, or a sweet treat of rhubarb, orange mascarpone, rhubarb sauce and puffed amaranth. They’re 100 per cent better than a four-pack from the supermarket.
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