There’s something about eating out at breakfast that’s incredibly appealing.
Perhaps it’s because it starts the day off on a good note. Perhaps it's because it's usually a pretty cheap meal. Or perhaps it’s because many people usually go without breakfast at all, so it seems particularly indulgent. Whatever the reason, breakfast is very much becoming the meal to eat out for, with Brisbane diners ditching their dinner reservations for breakfast bookings.
Recently joining the breakfast bandwagon is Bavarian Bier Café. While you may know them more for their bangers and beers, this Eagle Street spot is dishing up from 9am on Saturday and Sunday, and making the most of that spectacular view.
Their breakfast menu offers an array of both sweet and savoury options, including blueberry and ricotta hotcakes with grilled banana, pecans and maple butter ($13), and scrambled egg with smoked ham hock, potato hash and soft herbs ($14) to name just two.
Being a lover of all things avo, I tucked into the smashed avocado with Haus baked rye, truss tomato, slow-cooked Hens egg and dukkah ($15). A word of warning if you’re of the purist avocado movement: this ‘smash’ does contain red onion and corn, but there’s enough avocado in the mix to satisfy even the fussiest avo aficionados.
If you’re anything like my partner, nothing beats a big breakfast, and these Bavarians do it well. Arriving at the table in a fry pan, the big breakfast was a hearty serving of smokey bacon, haus made veal sausages, truss tomato, forest mushrooms, potato rosti and free range eggs ($19).
And this is where Bavarian’s knack for meat really comes into play. The bacon was crispy and so full of smokey goodness that I wondered how I was ever going to face normal bacon again. My boyfriend was so enamoured with his breakfast that mid-mouthful, he requested we come back the following weekend. The banana smoothie rated highly as well: thick, velvety and served in a stein-sized glass.
The best bit and a rarity in the current breakfast landscape; we were two of only a handful of people there. While we spied guests hustling for the attention of a waiter at the busy commercial café below, we had room to move and the breezy, uninterrupted view to ourselves. This is sure to change once word gets out, but with such a large dining area and plenty of outside seating, you’re unlikely to ever find yourself struggling to speak over the top of the inappropriate conversation about last night’s affairs at the table next to you.
It was one of those truly satisfying breakfast experiences that left me with a belly full of food, and a smile on my face.
Bavarian Bier Café
1/45 Eagle St, CBD
P 3015 0555 www.bavarianbiercafe.com