Foodies Who Brunch

Photo of Amano, Photographer David Straight / Courtesy of ecc.co.nz

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch is undoubtedly the most important meal of the week. That time between breakfast and lunch when tastes are heightened and hunger resurfaces, there are few things that beat a midday meal. Next time you travel, satiate your appetite and get yourself familiar with our roundup of the world’s best brunch spots.

 

Coq d’Argent
London, United Kingdom

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Set at an enviable rooftop location with sweeping views of London’s Square Mile, renowned restaurant Coq D’Argent has a new must-try bottomless brunch menu. Known for their classic French fare, the new mid-morning offering Le Brunch features mouth-watering dishes like autumn black truffle scrambled eggs, home-made waffles with crispy streaky bacon, and vanilla poached pineapple with passionfruit espuma and mango sorbet; the standout item however has got to be the Build Your Own Benedict where foodies can choose from smoked salmon, Bayonne ham or mushroom, and three Hollandaise sauces. Exclusively available every Saturday, the two or three-course set menus are perfectly complemented by two hours of unlimited Moët et Chandon. Rally your friends and family and celebrate the festive season in formidable style before it’s too late – Le Brunch ends 30 December 2017.

Travel & Cake
Barcelona, Spain

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The philosophy behind Travel & Cake is simple and honest: In grandmothers we trust. Embodying that outlook in all they do means every ingredient is carefully selected, meals are expertly made by hand with the upmost care, the interiors are charming and inviting, and the hospitality is world-class. Just one of many outposts by the team behind Cup & Cake, visitors will first be greeted by a hungry line of brunch-aficionados before being welcomed into a convivial wood and white-washed setting with glass cabinets adorned with skillfully decorated delicacies. The menu promises something for everyone and meals come out looking like works of art with portions that are nothing but generous. Whether it’s Travel & Cake, Brunch & Cake, or new venue Brunch & Cake by the Sea that sparks your interest, stopping by any one of these foodie spots is essential to any Barcelona visit.

Peloton Supershop
Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

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As well as sunny weather, luxurious villas, and trendy beach clubs, the Indonesian island of Bali is also home to a formidable dining scene of world-class fare and trend-setting destinations. Catering to the vegan traveller, the cozy café of Peloton Supershop has a flavour-packed menu guaranteed to convert even the biggest of vegan sceptics. Exemplifying hospitality with a conscience, all ingredients are locally sourced and majority organic; they also make their own fresh coconut milk daily. Menu highlights include Tour De Bali, a vegan rendition of the region’s traditional Nasi Campur dish with zucchini and corn fritters, sautéed vegetables and more. The Napoleon Dynamite is a penne pasta dish made with cashew cream and homemade Napolitana sauce, and the smoothie bowls and pedal power pancakes summon anyone with a sweet tooth.

Middletown Café
Melbourne, Australia

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Boasting a minimalist, navy and white interior with hints of elegant details, the inspiration behind this café down under was none other than Kate Middleton; a woman adored for her humble nature and unpretentious beauty which has been embodied in both the café’s design and personality. The cuisine is French-inspired with a local flair, paying homage to the country’s high quality, fresh and local produce. Going beyond the traditional brunch offering, the all-day menu features chia puddings with fresh mango, crispy confit duck leg with cheese and herb waffles, and French toast topped with caramelised pineapple, fresh cherries, milk crumbs and coconut ice cream. Coffee from local roasters provides the perfect mid-morning caffeine hit while the countertop cabinet loaded with delicious treats appeases anyone with a sugar craving.

Amano,
Auckland, New Zealand

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Located in the downtown Auckland precinct of Britomart, Amano brings rustic, internationally-inspired fare to the City of Sails. Residing on the ground floor of a 110-year old restored heritage building, the 120-seat dining room channels old-world Italy with its interior of terrazzo tiles, Italian marble, and a sweeping ceiling of clustered wheat and dried hydrangeas. Established by New Zealand’s culinary vanguards HIPGROUP, the restaurant group’s signature farm-to-table ethos is evident in each menu and takeaway offering. Brunch at Amano offers something for all tastes and preferences, enhancing local flavours with an international twist. For the savoury breakfast-goers try the chargrilled pork shoulder with fried eggs, green tomato chilli and salsa verde. If you’re after something light and fresh, the granola honey puffs with cultured custard and strawberries is a must-have, and for brunch on-the-go choose from a selection of freshly-baked, made-on-site pastry favourites from the adjacent bakery.

 

Russ & Daughters Café
New York, United States

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Pioneers in the art of Jewish comfort food, this beloved café is an offshoot of the iconic Russ & Daughters Yiddish Deli in New York’s Lower East Side. Now an institution in and of itself, the café is managed by fourth generation owners who have expertly encapsulated the old New York feel of the original delicatessen. Once you get past the flock of people and inevitable lines, a timeless and comfortable interior awaits with white-coated staff, quick-working fishmongers, and art deco materials. One of the last appetizing stores in the US, a term best used to describe the foods one eats with bagels, Russ & Daughters Café is popular among locals and tourists alike for its iconic bagels and lox sandwiches. Menu favourites include the caviar, sharing platters featuring smoked whitefish and western nova smoked salmon, and canapés of pickled herring on pumpernickel bread. For those more adverse to a traditional brunch, eggs benny, French toast, and soft scrambled eggs also make an appearance.

Miss Marple
Paris, France

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With green English walls, kitsch artwork, plush carpet, and classic furnishings, Miss Marple is reminiscent of an English tearoom. Set in Paris’ stylish 7th arrondissement, Miss Marple is the brainchild of sisters-in-law Martine Cohen, and founder of iconic Parisian concept store Merci, Marie-France Cohen. On offer every Sunday, brunch is quintessentially French with unmissable English accents; think muesli and fresh fruit, pancakes, vegetable pie and of course, raspberry jam and whipped cream scones.

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