You know that feeling when your companion’s meal looks so much better than yours? You won’t have meal envy if you order these breakfasts from cafes and restaurants around Queensland.
1-Plum Tucker, Red Hill
They call it sweet avocado on toast, and it combines avocado with strawberries, organic feta, toasted pistachios and local honey. Try it and see. I’m sure you’ll be back for more of this delicious dish at Plum Tucker.
2-Bistro C, Noosa Heads
Besides being right on the beach, Bistro C dishes up great food. The toasted almond, oat and quinoa granola acai berry sorbet with banana and blueberries topped with local Kenilworth honey-yoghurt is so pretty it’s almost a crime to eat it.
3-Shouk Café, Paddington
At Shouk Café, it’s just too hard to choose between the lightly sweetened honey and cardamom panna cotta with smashed baklava and pistachio Persian fairy floss and the tall Polish potato pancake stack with cream cheese, dill, pickled red onions, two poached eggs and your choice of smoked salmon, bacon, avocado or halloumi. Have them both or share!
4-Wild Canary, Brookfield
Oh yes – coconut lime rice pudding, quince and pear with cinnamon crumble is just so right. Wild Canary has a tranquil garden setting and is a lovely spot to start the day. Check out their website for upcoming foodie events.
5-Billy Kart Kitchen, Annerley
How about a smoked pork hash with avocado, tahini, yoghurt, green harissa and a couple of poached eggs? Billy Kart Kitchen is set in a refurbished corner shop in a lovely tree-lined street. The eatery is the brainchild of Celebrity Chef Ben O’Donoghue and his wife Dee, who have successfully managed to capture the essence of an old-fashioned local store with this 80-seater eatery.
6-Gerard’s Bistro, Fortitude Valley
The Middle Eastern influences are strong in Gerard’s Baghdad eggs, fried in cumin, garlic, mint and lemon on flatbread with tahini yoghurt. Gerard’s Bistro is a stylish spot in Brisbane’s trendy James Street precinct.
They call it French toast but what you get is house-made banana and walnut bread, caramelised banana, coconut gelato, coconut caramel sauce, dehydrated raspberries and strawberries topped with toasted coconut. It’s just one of the items on Caffiend’s mouth-wateringly scrumptious menu.
Okonomiyaki Japanese pancake with smokey bacon, local prawns, smoked chicken, shallots, cabbage, pickled ginger, Okonomi BBQ sauce, kewpie mayo and roast sesame – no need to say more. The ingredients at Indulge are sourced from local growers.
9-Paddock Bakery, Gold Coast.
Dippy Eggs served in an egg carton with a side of toast soldiers and other beaut bits. Or, munch on their wood fire sourdough bread which is baked daily on site. Paddock Bakery is definitely somewhere to put on your list when visiting the Gold Coast.
10-Nu Nu Restaurant, Palm Cove, North Queensland
Hard choice between the mud crab omelette, greens, ginger caramel and white pepper broth or the Spiced pineapple and coconut cream soaked muesli, Daintree vanilla, mango, seasonal fruits & toasted coconut. Nu Nu Restaurant’s location on the beach at Palm Cove is hard to beat.
The writer lives in Brisbane and has eaten at all the places mentioned above.
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