316 Stanmore Rd
Mon-Sat 7am - 3pm
Sundays 8am - 3pm
Public Hols 8am-3pm
Buggles & I always do Sunday breakfast before heading off to 'Aboutlife' for our organic grocery shop.
We arrive at Big Brekky & it didn't start well. As we waited to be seated we were approached by a rather surly waitress, we requested a table for two & she pointed in the general direction of a vacant table. At no point did she feel the need to speak.
Shortly afterwards the same waitress presented us with the menu & asked if we would like to order coffee.
I ordered my usual green tea & buggles ordered a flat white. They use Campos coffee here & buggles said it was apparent as the coffee was of a very good quality. My green tea presented rather prettily & tasted quite nice also.
We were then asked by a waiter (with a Morrissey style quiff), if we were ready to order breakfast...indeed we were.
I order the ricotta pancakes with maple syrup & lemon butter ($12.00), plus a side of strawberries & banana ($4.00).
The two pancakes are plump & moist with lots of 'spring' nothing worse than a dry, chewy pancake. There is a generous serve of both lemon butter (not the usual 'curd' type, but a lemon flavoured whipped butter) & maple syrup. The strawberries & banana are fresh & tasty. All in all a delicious breakfast.
Buggles opts for the 'Atlantic' Benedict ($14.00). Smoked salmon, baby spinach, poached eggs sitting atop a very thick slice of brioche topped with a very generous serve of hollandaise.
Buggles felt that the brioche was way too thick & that it had a slight odd aftertaste, reminiscent of some sort of (lemon or orange) peel. Buggles is not a fan of peel in anything.
She did say that the eggs were poached nicely, however, she felt that the spinach, eggs & hollandaise (while all very tasty), did overwhelm the salmon thus rendering it somewhat redundant!
Perhaps she would have been better off had she ordered 'Le Grande French Toast' brioche stuffed with belgian chocolate & banana...she certainly was thinking about it!
The food here is pretty good, but the staff let this place down. Diners at a nearby table mentioned to the 'surly' waitress that they were missing a coffee, as she walked back to the barrista, she pulled a face & poked out her tongue (in full view of other diners) to one of the other waitstaff, indicating her displeasure at being questioned. This behaviour is downright rude.
There also seems to be too many waitstaff, for such a small room. They spend most of their time huddled together sharing private jokes!
This cafe has been included in the 'best breakfasts in Sydney' section of then 2010 'SMH Good Food Guide', while the food may help to place it there, the service most certainly does not!