The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best breakfast spots as voted by you
Brisbane, it’s time to wake up and smell the bacon. Breakfast is one of, if not the most important, meals of the day, so it’s crucial that it’s enjoyed correctly. Whether you’re partial to pancakes or have a hankering for hash cakes, Brisbane’s breakfast scene’s got something for you to devour. The most recent EAT/drink Awards revealed your picks for best breakfast in Brisbane, and we’ve got to hand it to you – you’ve got some great taste. If you’re looking to bolster your breakfast game this weekend, have a peep at this list of Brisbane’s ten best breakfast spots as voted by our readers.
Winner: morningafter, West End
It can be hard to rouse one’s self early on a weekend, especially if you’re schedule is free and clear. West End’s morningafter makes it easy to get out of bed, and it only takes a quick look at the breakfast menu to see why. Soula and Yianni Passaris have created a list of eats ranging from Bangkok wagyu beef mince with fried eggs and sumac to breakfast carbonara with papardelle, 63-degree hen’s eggs, field mushrooms and smoked pancetta. You voted – morningafter’s breakfast service is top notch.
Runner-up: nodo, Newstead
nodo’s trajectory from humble market doughnut stall to one of the best cafes in town is nothing short of incredible, but this turn of events didn’t happen out of luck. The cafe’s menu includes some inventive delights including kimchi waffles with sticky Gochujang popcorn chicken, souffle hotcakes with yuzu marmalade and black sesame meringue, and acai bowls with blue spirulina and spring fruits.
Runner-up: Willow and Spoon, Wilston
A regular feature on these lists, Willow and Spoon has been rewarding early risers with incredible breakfast fare for yonks. Home-style eats are the cafe’s calling card, exemplified by dishes including cured salmon with crumbed ricotta, cured pork belly with truffle scrambled eggs and malted barley toast, and chorizo with white-bean puree and chipotle tomato salsa.
Billykart Kitchen, Annerley
Another fixture of Brisbane’s best-of lists, Billykart Kitchen in Annerley has helped set the standard for excellence since its opening. All-star breakfast selections include the honey-poached red papaya with kefir lime sherbet, the crispy corn fritters with guacamole and the BKK croque madame with twice-baked cheese souffle, smoked salmon, cheese fondue and fried egg. If you didn’t already, now you know why Billykart Kitchen has such a formidable foodie reputation.
Corner Store Cafe, Toowong
Tucked away in the heart of Toowong’s leafy heart is long-standing neighbourhood haunt Corner Store Cafe. Locals pack out the tables every weekend to get their fix of the kitchen’s phenomenal breakfast fare, which includes chorizo and black bean huevos rancheros, ham hock and cauliflower macaroni cheese, and Belgian waffles with coconut ice-cream, mango coulis and vanilla floss.
Putia Pure Food Kitchen, Banyo
Chef Dominique Rizzo has been capturing the tastes of Banyo locals with her incredible menu of seasonal fare at Putia Pure Food Kitchen. Breakfast here a far cry from stock-standard fare, with the likes of slow-roasted brisket with green-pea smash, toasted zucchini corn bread with smoked cashew and tahini cheese, and breakfast croque signore with pressed Italian sausage bechamel exemplifying the creative interpretations Putia is known for.
The Jam Pantry, Greenslopes
Southside locals are positively smitten with Gideon and Naomi Zavackis’ popular eatery The Jam Pantry, and we’re pretty much in love too. The breakfast menu here is rarely static, with a flip board of dishes offering a monthly rotation of eats. At any given time you can enjoy the likes of zucchini, hemp seed and dill fritters, brown rice and sourdough batter waffles with rose-poached pear, and omelettes with roasted baby capsicum, broad beans and dill labne.
Plenty, West End
Another huge vote getter is West End’s Plenty, which foregrounds locally grown food across its heralded menu. The cafe’s chalkboard is constantly being updated with a rotating selection of dishes, but previous breakfast winners have included French Toast with raspberry rhubarb labne, house-smoked whitefish bagel with kale slaw and fried egg, and spiced lamb on house made pita bread.
Little Loco, New Farm
Although its sister venue Miss Jones is racking up several accolades of its own this year, we can’t forget that Little Loco has always been a weekend breakfast rock star. If we were to hazard a guess, we’d day dishes like the coconut and chia pudding with fresh fruit, fluffy bacon and egg baos, pavlova waffles and smoky chorizo rancheros are what has earned this cafe a swag of votes.
Gauge, South Brisbane
In between sold-out degustation dinners and features in The New York Times, South Brisbane’s Gauge still plates up a killer interpretation of breakfast. Sourdough waffles with rhubarb and liquorice ricotta, crumpet toast with chicken mortadella and soft eggs, and white anchovy with egg mayo and cured pork cheek are must-try dishes, but let’s be real – there’s no wrong choice at Gauge.
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