Top 5 Weekend Brunch
While Sydney has hundreds of cafés offering great coffee and breakfast fare 7 days a week, weekend brunch calls for something different. These five restaurants go beyond the usual bacon and eggs or bircher muesli, with menus that echo the innovative food they serve at lunch or dinner the rest of the week; and the bonus is, unless you hit the breakfast martinis too hard, you’ll spend a lot less!
Act Casual, Brooklyn
Amanda Gonzalez spends most of the week making cheese, jam, pickles, pastries and other delicious things, that she and husband, Lincoln, sell at this sunny corner café Friday-Sunday. Tuna empanadas, potato tortilla, fennel and pork sausage rolls and great tapas join excellent coffee and sweet treats in a corner of the world that’s lost in time.
Breakfasts at this wonderful Polish deli-cum-café range from hearty fry-ups of sausage, egg and potato to sweet tortes, cheesecakes and slices of poppy seed, apple or gingerbread. Best of all are paczki, Poland’s answer to doughnuts, filled with fruit compotes, glazed and infinitely better!
Delicado, McMahons Point
Huevos sound so much sexier than eggs. Especially as huevos rancheros (with tomato salsa, jalapeno, fried beans and avocado), rotos (pan-fried potato, jamon, morcilla or chorizo) or paelleras (mini-paella pans of vegies, jamon and black beans). There’s also Spanish coffee and a Bloody Matador!
Yellow, Potts Point
Brent Savage’s weekend brunch, at this cosy nook underneath the iconic Yellow House building, is now 100% vegetarian – but interesting enough that even diehard carnivores won’t miss the bacon. Charcoal-black liquorice bread with cultured butter remains, as does the wonderful breakfast martini with marmalade and apple brandy.
Inspired by the breakfast houses of Van in eastern Turkey, Somer Sivrioglu’s weekend brunch sees over 30 dishes served for the table to share, including spicy sujuk sausages, boreks, baked eggs, freshly-baked pide, Turkish cheeses and jams. House-made lemonade with pomegranate awakens the taste buds … as does the raki.