While we’re loving the fact we can now don our winter layers and spend hours under the duvet on the weekend without sunshine-induced guilt, getting up for a smoothie bowl or smashed avo isn’t as appealing as it was a month ago.
To coax you out from those new flannelette sheets, we’ve pulled together a list of our favourite wintery breakfasts in Auckland.
Grandpa’s Beef Pho | Bolaven
Don’t get all sassy and claim noodle soup isn’t a breakfast dish—it is. Bolaven’s pho is our case in point. In Vietnam, pho is a traditional breakfast meal and cites the virtues of bone broth for sustenance—way before the Paleo-wave. Bolven’s pho is elevated to new heights of sophistication with sliced eye fillet, rice noodles, fresh greens and a mountainous pile of fresh herbs. It’s surprisingly light, yet deeply satisfying and is like a big hug in a bowl on a cold morning.
Oat And Chia Porridge | Major Sprout
Oh how we love a bowl of oats on a winter’s morning. Porridge is often considered a cop-out breakfast order as it’s something we associate with making ourselves. Stop being narrow-minded and join the porridge party at Major Sprout. As with everything served there, it comes out as pretty as a picture and is deceiving large. Perfect to warm up the bones, this beauty of a bowl is made with a combination of oats and chia seeds. It’s served with creamy coconut milk, roasted pear, tamarillo and dried fruit. Your preconceptions of cafe porridge are about to be destroyed.
Rolled Rye Oats | Orphans Kitchen
We were so fond of Orphans Kitchen’s breakfast ramen that we felt rather indignant about including them on this list since they no longer serve it. However, ramen sins are all but forgotten after the arrival of their newest winter-ready breakfast. Introducing rolled rye oats, topped with a soulful flavour trifecta—rhubarb, almond and cacao. If that doesn’t have you running there tomorrow morning, how about we mention the fact it comes with a little jug of hot buffalo milk to pour over the top? Get us onto one of those sheepskin stools stat.
Breakfast Crumble | Queenies Lunchroom
What could possibly be more comforting on a toe-numbing morning than dessert for breakfast? A strong contender for the winner in this category is Queenies’ fruit crumble. Using seasonal fruit and a sweet, crunchy topping, this is heaven-sent when you’re feeling a touch cold. Queenies cosy little interior will also help to warm the soul on the coldest of mornings.
Mince On Toast | Catroux
Forgo summer’s favourite fitness bowl and hit the mince on toast. This wintery staple features on many a menu around town, but no-one does it quite like Catroux. The new-and-improved dish isn’t exactly mince as such—it’s better. You’ll be served a generous pile of spoon-only braised beef with a thick and seriously indulgent béchamel, tallegio cheese (as if it wasn’t cheesy enough), poached eggs, chili salt and toast. A carnivorous dream, this ample dish packs serious heat.
Bacon And Egg Doona | Depot
At $10, this will warm your heart and leave you with money in the bank. At Depot they marry the classic B&E combo together with a slightly sweet chutney and a fluffy bun. As for the egg? It’s oozy yolkiness at its finest. This simple staple is hard to fault. The Havana coffee is also some of the best in the city—strong, smooth and chocolatey. This dish is worth getting up for on a cold morning—doonas are only served til 10.30am.
Liege Waffles | Waffle Supreme
When the weather is chilly, take a quick detour past Elliott St’s Waffle Supreme on your mid-week saunter. These sinfully sweet treats are the perfect mid-morning pick-me-up. Boasting a dense, solid base, these are the dad bods of waffles. You’ll be on your way to gaining your own when you add dark chocolate and possibly mascarpone (recommended). For a solid alternative to that classic, the ‘communion’ is unreal—mascarpone, orange blossom, honey and spiced wine syrup. It’s like mulled wine on a waffle and we couldn’t be more on board.
Spanish Breakfast | Okra
This list was screaming out for a Spanish-esque baked eggs feature and we were hard-pressed to make a top pick. Okra’s Spanish breakfast takes the cake for fulfilling the wintery criteria. Your very own little skillet comes served with baked eggs, tomato, capsicum, bean cassoulet, chorizo and bacon. It’s topped with sour cream and melted mozzarella and includes a side of toasted sourdough for dipping. Ticking every box, this is a cold-season morning must.
Winter Bagels | Roost Ponsonby
Taking heed of our seasonal breakfasting needs is Ponsonby’s Roost. Tucked on a little corner on the new Vinegar Lane (off Crummer), this little pit-stop is definitely worth a visit on your morning commute. Their newly released winter menu has three glorious bagels to chose from—pulled pork perfection, Wagyu beef kick and margherita heaven. We’re massive fans of the latter. It stars a thick slab of melted, stringy cheese, tomatoes, pesto and fresh basil. A word from the wise: eat the thermo-nuclear cherry toms before attempting to eat and drive.
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Image credit: Andrew Wilson