Welcome to part two of my best brunch spots in Sydney where this time round Beachside brunch haunts will be the main dish…
I’ll also dish on what to wear when beachside brunching… Heads up, casual sorts, cami and slides are the perfect summer brunch ensemble.
Two of my favourites are Black Pony Café and Barzura. Black Pony is situated on the main strip, Coogee Bay Road and it’s a delightful café/bistro where the food looks divine and tastes even better. Cute for a quiet catch up but also ideal for a group get together. The steamed asparagus on sourdough with scrambled eggs, shaved Parmesan, extra virgin olive oil and a side of pancetta seemed was amazing!
Barzura located below The Living Room Yoga School is also an ideal choice, the the scrambled eggs (obviously a regular occurrence) and the toasted sourdough, avocado, crispy pancetta, roasted tomato and aioli was right up my alley! Barzura is the perfect spot to sit and read the paper while indulging in a delicious spot of brunch and a hot latte. An ideal situation for the individual diner…
I live in Bronte and I absolutely love it, especially the fact I can wake up and walk to either Bondi or Coogee and explore some of Sydney’s best beaches. This always begins though with some fuel in the belly and lucky for me Bronte is full of amazing eateries. If you wish to dine somewhere pretty much right on Bronte Beach thenEx-Lounge is a fine choice with all your staple brekkie choices made with a sprinkle of something special. The Eggs Benedict at Ex-Lounge were right up there with some of the best.
Some of the other top notch places to dine areBellagio Café (their baked beans with smoked bacon bits are #droolworthy),Eugene’s and a little more towards the Bondi Junction side of Bronte, there’sRuby’s Diner – a little art deco hideaway that’s dog friendly!
However, if I had to choose my ultimate Bronte eatery it has to beThree Blue Ducks.Fresh produce – most fruit and vegetables are grown on site, socially conscious, impeccably plated and it won’t break the bank. Best of all they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, although brunch wins me over every time. A perfect spot to catch up with girlfriends (in fact I’ve met many of my fellow exercise junkies there for a coffee after training). You can dress down or why not adopt a little more beachside chic to your style. This cami and white leather shorts combo is perfect – it has a nautical vibe but also adopts a beach feel making it both casual and versatile. For cooler weather, you can swap the shorts for jeans and don a leather jackets and boots for something more winter appropriate.
They change the menu frequently but still pay homage to a few staple dishes. So if you are after something quite hearty (ie. after a big night out), they always have the black pudding on rotation which is a brekkie fave. Or if you’re trying to eat light (what I try to do but continually fail at), the quinoa and fig bircher with caramalised peaches, fresh fruit, yoghurt and toasted nuts is heavenly. I’m also a big fan of the fresh drinking coconut on offer; so refreshing after a workout down the beach or as mentioned before, when you might be feeling a little dusty from the previous night’s shenanigans #hydrate. Finally to top it all off if you’re a sweet tooth like me you will not find a more delicious lemon meringue mini tart anywhere else in Sydney. Trust me, I have sampled plenty and this is by far the best I have ever smacked my lips around (OMG I am salivating on my Macbook just thinking about it)!
Apart from babes, poms and hipsters what else exists in the bubble known as Bondi (yes, it’s referred to as a bubble cause once you’re there, you’ll never leave)? With a smorgasbord of scrumptious spots, Brown Sugar is certainly one that comes out on top. It boasts a line up on a Saturday and Sunday but the wait is well worth the experience as the food is heavenly, coffee exceptional, service delightful and when my three year old niece, Annabelle visited me from Queensland the staff at Brown Sugar made her feel super special. Basically anyone who is nice to my baby girl is always a winner with me plus Annabelle said their berry milkshake was “amazeballs” (I know I’ve taught her bad habits). Not only is it a great brekkie stop (the ‘five sides’ is always a winner) but I’ve dined there for dinner and it’s a fantastic date night option whether with a lover or friend.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is a perfect spot for groups such as a ladies lunch or for couples doing brunch. And you guessed it, they do a ripper Big Brekkie and boy did it hit the spot. The Watsons Big Breakfast comes with eggs any way served with smoked bacon, truss tomatoes, sourdough (and I opted for avocado and feta instead of mushrooms), and it was simply scrumptious.
Have you discovered any secret beachside brunch spots? Let me know in the comments section below. Until next time, lotsa love, Livvy May x x