Friday, September 27, 2013

The Burrow, West End, QLD

I have always believed breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is no coincidence that I continue to share with you guys the great cafes in my local area. 

On this beautiful Sunday morning, we decided to pay a visit to The Burrow at West End and try our luck with getting a table, as last time we went, they were completely full. We got there around 8:00am which was perfect as there were only a handful of diners having breakfast. We were seated promptly by  the waitress who took our drinks order right away to start us off. We all decided on a cold drink as it was such a hot day, so we each ordered one of the freshly squeezed juices available on the menu ($6.50 each).

Seeing as The Burrow was so popular, we knew it would soon be filled with hungry diners, so we ordered our meals shortly after we had ordered our drinks. I must say, the dish titles were so creative and totally reminded me of the story Alice in Wonderland! We were spoilt for choice and everything just sounded so tasty - it was too hard to choose! We finally decided on three different meals and what arrived at our table soon after totally surprised us! The meals were presented so beautifully and decorated with different coloured garnishes that they really lived up to the fun names of each dish! The food was fresh and the cafe is definitely generous with their portions. 

Burrow Juice - carrot, apple, orange, ginger ($6.50)
Fruit-a-licious - apple, orange, watermelon, pineapple ($6.50)
Pear juice with mint garnishes ($6.50)

Mad Madam Mim's Bubble and Squeak - Cauldron bubble and squeak, Serrano ham egg cup, fried sage, pancetta honey comb ($16.50)

'Off with your head!' - Black forest bacon, free-range organic eggs, ranchero beans, roast mushrooms, morcilla and potato hash, served with 
Queen Virgin Mary shooter ($22)

Little Miss Sunshine - Grilled zucchini flowers, avocado, Persian feta, tomato, fresh basil, rye, pepita and sun flower seed pangattao ($16)

We really enjoyed breakfast at The Burrow - while prices were not cheap, it is around the price point expected for good quality breakfast pretty much at most places these days. The Burrow is also open for lunch and dinner service and we will definitely be back to try out more dishes from their lunch and dinner menus very soon!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pear Cafe Bar, Highgate Hill, QLD

I've been reconnecting with many of my friends and family lately, and what better way to do so than to enjoy each other's company over a delicious meal. 

Last weekend, I caught up with a girl friend for coffee and since we were both starving,  we decided to check out one of my local cafes to see if we could discover any hidden gems in my neighbourhood. The top two cafes that came up were Pear Cafe Bar and Lucky Duck Espresso. We read the reviews for both cafes and decided on the Pear Cafe Bar but agreed that we'll visit Lucky Duck another time.

We were greeted promptly by the waitress and were told that were had to order at the front counter. The menu had a good variety of options, and each dish was described similarly to the dishes I normally have at fine dining restaurants, which was a surprise! Fine dining for breakfast! My eyes lit up when I saw a dish containing pork belly and I was sold! (even though some of the other options were also very enticing!)

For drinks, we ordered their freshly squeezed juice ($5.50) which we were able to mix and match from the fruits and vegetables they had available. I opted for a beetroot, ginger, pineapple and orange juice which was so refreshing and a good detox fix.  

We ordered our drinks and meals at the same time, which was great as we got our food served promptly soon after we had ordered. 

I ordered the Organic poached eggs with potato & feta herb cake, braised pork belly & black pudding ($18). Everything in my dish was a pleasure to eat as the flavours worked very well together. I especially enjoyed the pork belly and the mushroom mash quenelle placed on top of the pork.   My friend ordered the Breakfast Stack (pork sausage , rosti, mushroom, roma tomatoes, egg, chutney) ($16), which a side of bacon and haloumi ($4 per side). Judging by the speed at which she polished her meal off, she definitely enjoyed it alot, haha!

Organic poached eggs with potato & feta herb cake, braised pork belly & black pudding ($18)

Breakfast Stack (pork sausage , rosti, mushroom, roma tomatoes, egg, chutney) ($16)

Sides - thick cut bacon and haloumi ($4 per side)

We really enjoyed our experience at the Pear Cafe - staff were friendly, food was of a high quality and great value for money. We will definitely be back again soon to try their weekly specials! 

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