As our lives become busier, filled with work and trying to strike that balance of being able to juggle it all, family, loved ones, exercise, social time, hobby time, down time and that one we are all seeking “me time”. Brunch is the social date that is hitting the mark, as it can qualify as both a late breakfast and early lunch.
There are many ways to interpret brunch… for some, it’s the notion of being a meal that is more casual and relaxed; that is not as much of a commitment as lunch and for others brunch is the new longer social meal – a meal to gather loved ones, groups of friends, colleague or for multi-generational gatherings. Whichever way you choose to do brunch it’s time to get out there and enjoy some of Sydney’s fabulous seasonal produce driven dining.
Our Lifestyle Team are always getting asked to book something new for Brunch for our concierge members so here is our teams coolest TOP PICKS for Sydney’s “brunch date”.
Kensington Street Social – Chippendale
Kensington Street Social is featuring weekend brunches!
The relaxed menu focuses on Mediterranean sharing plates that showcase the very best Australian produce. For the health, conscious there is the delicious array of breakfast beverages such as the Virgin Kale Mary or wrong island iced tea and they do serve seasonal pick me up offerings from their interactive cocktail trolley and bottomless sparkling wine ($35 per person). frosé cocktail or expresso martini anyone? Images Kensington Street Social.
Hotel Centennial in Woollahra will be serving brunch every weekend starting on the 18th March 2017 with a menu curated by Executive Chef Justin North. Not just serving its renowned sweet and savoury waffles, the menu has been reinvented with flavors of Tuna, Smoked trout, confit duck, Biodynamic eggs, and oysters, Raw & poached autumn fruits, buttermilk sorbet and of course selections of fresh bakery items and local artisan cheese accompanied by Martini’s (breakfast and expresso) Bloody Mary’s and Prosecco.
Hotel Centennial will serve brunch every Saturday and Sunday starting on March 18 from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm, and a weekly chef’s selection set menu available from 10 am – 3 pm. Our team are loving that $2 from every waffle will be donated to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation – so not that we needed another reason to brunch, but brunch has just become guilt free and for a good cause. Image Hotel Centennial.
Ruben Hills, Surry Hills – boutique micro roastery. No bookings required for cafe quality brewed coffee and a delicious menu designed to pay tribute to the coffee.
The Grounds, Alexandria – if you have experienced the magic of the grounds, make a date to enjoy the energy that is The Grounds. reservations welcome.
Meet Gerard, Alexandria – showcasing specialty coffee by local award winning roasters Coffee Alchemy and fresh local produce for an innovative and honest approach to the classics..with a twist.
Three Williams, Redfern – this cool venue located in Redfern boasts a minimalistic, warehouse feel.
Efendy, Balmain – located on the corner of Elliott and Darling Street, offering 30 types of Turkish breakfast delicacies including a rich selection of bakeries like simit and pogaca, variety of anatolian cheeses, olives, spreads, house made jams, seasonal vegetables and fruits, menemen, sucuk, pastima and hot dishes served in a board to share together with Turkish tea, apple tea or Turkish coffee.
Incinerator, Willoughby – this family friendly local cafe prides itself on the freshest produce for their seasonal menu and premium pastries, served with fresh bottled juices, smoothies and coffee by The Grounds roasters. Don’t wait for the weekend for this Willoughby local gem, open daily from 7 am for till 11.30 am.
The Boathouse – Shellybeach, Balmoral, Palm Beach and Whale Beach – this group of fabulously located venues are leading the way in brunch dining with some of the best views of Sydney. Whilst you are there enjoy fresh juice, gourmet breakfast menus, coffee and group some weekend treats – fresh market flowers, bread, deli style food & cheeses. No bookings taken.
Watsons Bay Hotel, Watsons Bay – enjoy a perfectly chic brunch with the all day breakfast menu in the Hotel’s Beach Club, it really is food with a view. Featuring a mouth watering menu of breakfast bowl with hommus, heirloom tomato, dukkah egg, quinoa, raw carrot, sprouts and kale or the Che’fs favourite of cured salmon, zucchini blini, poached egg, snow pea tendrils and tomato chilli jam. Make a date of it and catch the ferry! Limited number of reservations taken daily for this 800 seat restaurant, even with a busy day you should have to wait long for a table..
Dunbar House, Watsons Bay – This magnificent refurbished venue is perfect for a lazy Saturday or Sunday brunch with friends or family, whilst you taken in the breathtaking views over Sydney harbour. Reservations are recommended.
Tide Café, Rose Bay – tucked beneath the Regatta, this hidden treasure located right on the water at Rose Bay marina, is one of the eastern suburbs secret hotspots. Serving an all day breakfast menu whilst you enjoy the vista of sparkling water views and cruising yachts.
Icebergs, Bondi – most definitely a highlight to the brunch social calendar, a lavish Sunday brunch date at Icebergs Dining Room with a silver service italian accented three course breakfast menus with tea and coffee or why not indulge in the bottomless Proscecco or Champagne and caviar menu for the truly decadent day out. Take in the stunning morning sun overlooking bondi beach, from 10 am – 12 pm every Sunday. Reservations recommended.
Bills, Bondi – An absolute icon of Sydney breakfast dining, with restaurants in Bondi Beach, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and now well establish overseas in London, Tokyo, Honolulu and Seoul. Famous for the best scrambled eggs and hotcakes in town, this easy going formula has been winning hearts for decades. Opened in 2014, Bills Bondi Beach has been welcomed by brunching surfers, locals and boardshort wearing hipsters.
Lox Stock and Barrel , Bondi – a cozy, forty seat deli diner located in one of the last remaining old pockets of Sydney’s Bondi Beach. They run the kitchen as close to ‘farm to plate’ as possible with a menu of healthy, delicious simple to prepare food, using what’s good, abundant and in season.
Ruby’s Diner, Waverly – located on the corner of Taylor Street and Bronte Road, a visit to Ruby’s incorporates a selection of innovative light coffee roasts, raw foods, pasture raised eggs and meats, iggys breads and penny fours pastries.
Three Blue Ducks, Bronte & Roseberry – Three Blue Ducks Bronte located up on the hill from Bronte Beach with a relaxed friendly feel serving unique dishes packed with bags of flavour. The group has becoming known for using ingredients that come straight from the garden to the kitchen. The all day breakfast menu favourites include a bowl of fresh fruit and bircher muesli, hearty scrambled eggs with black sausage, for something sweet the pecan & raisin fruit toast served with ricotta, mixed berry jam & marmalade.
The Roseberry cafe is set in a heritage listed warehouse, with an exciting menu served in a very hip and cool environment. There are some stand out items on the Roseberry menu – Avocado toast – goats cheese, oven roasted tomato, toasted buckwheat, parsley, mint, basil, eschalots & poached eggs; corn fritters w/ guacamole, fermented cabbage, jalapeno, herb salad, labneh and poached eggs.
Coogee Pavilion, Coogee – If a beach side brunch is what you are searching for with a touch of coolness, then the Coogee Pavilion is the venue for you. The daily menu offering for our beachside dwellers includes seeded granola w/ fresh banana, strawberry, coconut yoghurt and almond milk; fresh baked eggs w/ new potato, soft leeks, smoked mozzarella, romesco salsa toast and a the childhood favourite jaffle with leg ham, gruyere, dijon mustard & cheddar cheese.
Little Jean, Double Bay – Breakfast at this Double Bay precinct is all about healthy and creative dishes. You will be have to make a few visits to this fabulous location, with so many flavour packed dishes – it is hard to just pick one – cherry tomato, goats curd cheese, bruschetta; breakfast fillet steak w/ crisped mushroom risotto, chimichurri and soft eggs or pastrami & brie ‘cubano’ sandwich w/ friend egg, piparras, aji amarillo. On the weekends, they recommend you leave your name at the door and check out the new library or take a strong along Kiaora Lane for some window shopping.