Eggs Benedict, Turkish toast, banana pancakes: we’ve come to expect these from our favorite brunch spots around Brisbane, Australia. But in the New Farm precinct, culinary trailblazers are revolutionizing brunch. Here are the best places to enjoy this meal.
An ideal spot for late risers, Pablo serves breakfast and brunch right up until 2.30pm. But aside from its stretched out opening hours, Pablo stands out from the pack in another notable regard: its artful and eclectic brunch offerings. Popular options include the non-traditional gin-cured sea trout resting on toasted brioche with fresh and acidic fennel, cucumber and creme fraiche salad, and creamy dill scrambled eggs. There’s also brioche French toast with homemade burnt butter and pecan ice cream, spiced poached pear, cacao and coconut rubble, pure maple syrup and fairy floss. Another good pick is smashed peas with zucchini, lemon ricotta, grilled haloumi, double-smoked Barossa speck bacon, and fresh lemon over caraway served on onion rye toast. Private tables overlook the main New Farm pedestrian thoroughfare of Brunswick Street and there is hand-roasted Genovese coffee to wash down your carefully sourced and presented breakfast. Pablo is a Brisbane brunch experience to beat.
893 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD, Australia, +61 7 3254 4900
Double Shot Espresso
Despite its off-the-beaten-track location, New Farm locals swear by the pocket-sized Double Shot Espresso hiding among the Oxlade Drive apartment blocks. Service is consistently friendly to the point that some have called the breakfast experience ‘like visiting family’. It’s an analogy also rung true by the cafe’s dog-friendly attitude (a fresh bowl of water is kept out front for parched pooches). The breakfast menu is extensive; the signature dish is perhaps a flaky pastry tart filled with fluffy scrambled eggs and two choices of topping, tomato and bacon or smoked salmon. Other gastronomic treats are the fresh pastries and baked goods knocked up by co-owner Michael on-premise, the Croque Madame, frittata of the day with tomato bruschetta, Turkish toasties and bubble and squeak with poached eggs. Last but not least, there’s the breakfast brunch board – heirloom mushrooms, sliced ham, poached eggs, avocado, parsley oil, sourdough toast and feta. For those looking for a quick liquid brunch on the way to work, the Abrisca coffee and infused tea selections shall surely sate.
2/125 Oxlade Dr, New Farm QLD, Australia, +61 7 3358 6556
The Little Larder
A cafe removed from the main New Farm strip of Brunswick Street is The Little Larder in residential Moray Street. However, those who don’t come into orbit of this venue will be denying themselves a colorful and modern nook serving all-day breakfasts to early-rising office workers and afternoon-rising students and tourists. What’s more, the short walk from New Farm center leads to some of the precinct’s most eye-catching art deco villas and Victorian mansions. Head chef Dylan’s menu has a healthy, gluten-free focus, delineating The Little Larder from the greasy spoons to be found elsewhere in New Farm. Some of the must-tries include mushroom and parmesan polenta topped with roast pumpkin, broccolini, poached eggs and spicy chili jam. Other good options are Dylan’s renowned kale chips, the essential eggs Benedict and the Breakfast of Champions – gluten-free pancakes, maple syrup and banana. The outside awning means al fresco brunches are an everyday event, rather than an expensive luxury.
Locke Street, 76 Moray St, New Farm QLD, Australia, +61 7 3358 2024
End of the Road Coffee
Right at the water’s edge and located at the old Brunswick Street bus terminal at the end of the line, End of the Road Coffee is a cozy and serene waypoint for runners and families post-New Farm Park excursion. The location is also apt for its proximity to the CityCycle station and the Brisbane River ferry terminal. Customers can accordingly sink back into the comfy couches inside or stand outside on the timber deck and watch the ferries drift past. End of the Road’s shakes are a local delicacy so make sure to sample the Fat Burner, Protein Shake or Breakfast Shake. Aside from those, the breakfast menu incorporates locally roasted coffee, chocolate croissants, lemon and lime tart and even bagels made with genuine imported New York flour. If the weekday bustle of the cafe turns you off, take away your brunch for a picnic underneath New Farm Park’s poinciana trees.
1231A Brunswick St, New Farm QLD, Australia
New Farm Deli Cafe
Since its glorious inception in 1977, New Farm Deli’s owners, Vince and Maria Anello, have faithfully retained their clear vision for fresh produce and quality service. Over time, the deli has expanded into a cafe (not to mention, expanding its list of ingredients and suppliers). Throughout it all, this Merthyr Village hotspot has sated the appetites of locals with some of the most inventive and delectable Italian meals in the city. Those passing through can stock up on gourmet products from the deli – among which are plentiful supplies of prosciutto parma, gorgonzola, Sicilian olives, pane and biscotti. But if you’ve got time to kill, the cafe will rustle up a decent brunch offering, such as the Polentone (eggs, mushroom, tomato and polenta, topped with Napoli sauce) and the large salads.
900 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD, Australia, +61 7 3358 2634
Although The Ponycat‘s counter and walls resemble a classroom chalkboard at first glance, it speaks volumes to the exuberance the place possesses for the pleasures of the Aussie brekkie. That’s because the chalkboard walls are close to running out of space to fit all the menu options on. Additionally, Ponycat’s enthusiasm for the first meal of the day has now manifested in breakfasts being served all day, every day. Regardless of when your hunger pangs are hitting you during the day, Ponycat will happily rustle you up a serving of something delicious. Menu options include eggs Benedict on sourdough (with salmon or bacon), smashed avocado, walnut and feta on Spelt, Boston beans and pork sausage with fried egg or sweet potato pancakes.
693 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD, Australia, +61 7 3254 2883
Au Cirque Cafe
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Au Cirque Cafe
If the weekend hangover has hit you hard, there are few better places to recover than Au Cirque. This is an understated yet undeniably impressive New Farm cafe serving Modern Australian cuisine with a French flair. The store’s worn polished floors and simple wooden tables won’t make your head spin and the gorgeous red and burgundy wallpaper will soothe the headache. If you can’t make it out of bed until the late afternoon, Au Cirque is another New Farm haven for all-day breakfasts. Communal tables are set up expressly for bonding over Genovese coffees, solitary newspaper reading or childhood regression with one of the many table games stacked in the alcove. The must-try dish is the Cirque Omelette, a no-frills classic that typifies the cafe’s comfort food ethos.
618 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD, Australia, +61 7 3254 0479