Perfectly poached eggs @ Toast Cafe, Surry Hills
One of the things I missed most about Sydney when I was in Hong Kong was brunch. Brunch on either Saturday and/or Sunday with friends or just with ‘The Mother’. I love rocking up to a café, half asleep, newspaper in one hand and waiting for that first sip of coffee for the day and eating something deliciously naughty whilst catching up with friends or just reading the paper.
‘The Mother’ was definitely half asleep but I had been up for about 1.5 hours waiting for him to get up so I was ravenous. I have walked pass this café a number of times; it’s on reservoir street and right opposite Single Origin in Surry Hills. The place was buzzing; however, we managed to get a table without waiting (which was a bonus!)
This café has an open kitchen, which I love, as I get to see the chef in action! What I don’t like about it, is that I come out of the café or restaurant smelling like food. Anyway, I was going to order the eggs on toast with a side of mushrooms, however, ‘The Mother’ suggested I get poached eggs bruchetta with tomato, basil, Spanish onion, tossed in a pan with aged balsamic vinegar – served with toast. Sometimes he knows me well, and this was one of those times.
It was a huge serving – two perfectly poached eggs with tomatoes on toast. The tomatoes were pan fried, tender with a hint of balsamic vinegar. Yellow yolk oozed out as I cut the perfectly poached eggs in a half, oh my my, it was simply divine! It was simply mouthwatering. I ‘offered’ some to the ‘The Mother’ and part of me was hoping he would say no! yes – nasty, and indeed he said no!
Now, ‘The Mother’s breakfast was not very exciting I thought. He ordered the home made roasted muesli: oats, pepitas, dried apricots, cashews, natural yogurt with poached seasonal fruits, which was pear. ‘The Mother’ is not a fan of yogurt (how can you not?!), so poured some milk into his roasted muesli and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The roasted muesli was crunchy but soaked in milk was a little soggy and scrumptiously sweet. It was good! On a weekday I would have ordered muesli, but weekend… eggs and anything that’s ‘naughty’.
I think I treasure brunch a lot more now that I am back. It was great just catching up with ‘The Mother’, although he did spend most of the time reading the paper! Nevertheless, Toast Cafe serves wonderful food, especially my poached eggs! The waitress attentive, even though they were only two waitresses and the café was relatively full.
So who is up for a breakfast / brunch this weekend?
GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10
45 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills, 2010
Ph: +61 2 9280 2615