Mix-and-match breakfast at Pear Cafe, Highgate Hill
Step one: pick your topping. Step two: pick your base. These instructions sound like you could be building the perfect pizza at the local grease pit, but the new breakfast menu at Pear Cafe and Bar in Highgate Hill couldn’t be more opposite.
Originally just serving up well-crafted coffees and sweet treats, Pear Cafe has just introduced an inventive mix-and-match breakfast menu, available all day (until 3:00 pm) and with everything on the kraft-paper-printed menu a miniscule nine dollars.
From Cuca sardines, Japanese mayonnaise and lemon, to baby asparagus, parmesan, burnt sage butter (with prosciutto an extra $2), the savoury selection is hitting the flavour top notes, with other gourmet ingredients including quail eggs, hot smoked salmon and tartufo sausage.
The sweet-minded will be satisfied by the orange zest ricotta, berry compote and pistachios or the grilled figs, goats curd, caramelised verjus and walnuts placed atop the bread accompaniments of brioche or Mediterranean fruit bread. Sour dough and dark rye are also available as bases, with an additional gluten-free option for the bread-loving intolerant.
Choose from the Melbourne-based coffee roasters Five Senses Harvest Blend or a single origin from Papua New Guinea for your coffee base, served in colourful Pantone mini-mugs. With garden boxes out the front and furniture raided from Grandpa’s house, this sweet-as-honey cafe might make your indecisiveness shine, but the choices are all sublime.
Psst … Pear has also just got its bar licence, so keep an eye out for the wine list and dinner menu later this month.
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