Ricotta pancakes, raw almond milk smoothies and restaurants that take reservations so you don’t have to wait… It’s the little things that make a big difference to the most important meal of the day. We find out which of the best breakfasts in Sydney also let you book, because we all have better things to do than wait for breakfast.
New Yorrrrrrk! Concrete jungle where dreams – and apparently brilliant breakfasts – are made. As one would expect of an establishment named after the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan there are an abundance of Big Apple influences at this Sydney café and restaurant. These include the Harlem hash (slow braised pork, kale, sautéed kumera potatoes, puffed wild rice and sunny side egg), Brooklyn bagel (smoked salmon, chive, fried capers, rocket and egg) and NYC omelette (chorizo, haloumi, mushrooms, sorrel, tomato relish and sourdough). All hands in the air for The Reese’s Peanut Butter milkshake!
We can happily report that the only thing burnt at this North Sydney retail and dining complex is the citrus colour of their logo. The range of clothing, books, food and homewares at their award-winning boutique is sizzling hot. And all other offerings at their onsite café, such as daily-made bread, buttermilk pancakes and breakfast bruschetta, are cooked to absolute perfection.
French Touch Creperie
To the best of our knowledge, French women don’t get fat… Could it have something to do with consuming the kind of traditional crepes and savoury galettes at this cosy rustic country house? We can’t confidently say “oui”, so in the spirt of certainty, we recommend you do your research and try a few for yourself… Just to be sure.
East Ocean Restaurant
One of the best yum cha restaurants in Sydney, East Ocean also (thankfully) takes reservations. We can’t think of a much better way to kick off a weekend day or kick over a hangover than with a spread of dumplings and other Chinese treats. We love that you can order the dumplings you want off an order card without having to wait impatiently for the cart to come past your table.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
You don’t need to book a bed to enjoy the breakfast at this boutique hotel. With spectacular seaside views and a menu focusing on seasonal produce, AM eating at Watsons Bay brings new meaning to crispy bacon (baking!) by the beach and enjoying your eggs “sunny”side up.
While banana bread and smashed avocado sandwiches are Sydney staples, sometimes you’re on the search for a more special way to start the day. We think ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, brown rice and sweet miso porridge with coconut yoghurt, mango and lime or chilli fried egg and bacon brioche roll with rocket and spiced mango chutney all “fit the bill”.
Can’t convince your yia yia to make your morning muesli the way they did in Mykonos? Scrambling to make it to Santorini for your eggs? The healthy Hellenic offerings at this Greek restaurant in Sydney’s CBD, such as a Loukaniko sausage with baked giant beans and poached egg, ouzo cured ocean trout bagel with manouri cheese and roast figs, whipped ricotta and organic sage honey, may be the next best thing!
Orto Trading Co.
When it comes to breakfast, the Brits will try to convince you they do it better. While named after an Italian vegetable garden, the motivations behind the menu at Orto, definitely draw on the motherland. Highlights include bubble and squeak (with duck egg, brussels sprouts, chestnuts, Jerusalem artichoke) and enough sides such as bread and butter, Berkshire bacon and baked eggs) to piece together a full English Breakfast.
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