October 07, 2020
Brunch is probably the most beloved pastime in Sydney, but taking photos of said brunch must be a close second. If you’re after some pic-pretty plates, here are five of Sydney’s most photogenic brunch spots to add to your feed:
(Photo: The Mayflower)
The Mayflower occupies a space that used to be a flower shop and the cafe pays homage to its history with its display of dried flowers and floral light installations along the walls, matched with colourful murals and chairs in salmon pink.
The lunch menu includes creative options such as grilled prawns with uni butter and yuzu mayonnaise but what really makes The Mayflower stand out is its caviar menu that offers both the beluga and oscietra varieties—a surprising, luxurious element to the playful vibe of the cafe.
If that's not enough, The Mayflower also offers a truffle service so you can have freshly shaved truffles over your dish, be it the grilled prawns, a croque monsieur or even just on a side of shoestring fries—a high low combination that is sure to attract attention on Instagram.
The Mayflower, 2/203A Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, the-mayflower.com.au/
(Photo: The Botanica Vaucluse)
The word pretty must have been emphasised in the design brief because The Botanic Vaucluse has it in spades—from the plush chairs in pastel pink to the exquisite wallpaper and abundance of greenery across the whole restaurant.
The restaurant also has an outdoor area, separated with floor-to-ceiling windows that fully open up to blur the boundaries between the outdoor and indoor space. The nature-loving theme continues in the menu that features seasonal and locally sourced produce, some of which are from the on-site garden, in dishes such as white bean hummus with spiced cauliflower, feta and sunflower seed pralines, and seared trout with dill and broccolini.
Psst... The Botanica Vaucluse also runs the Sol Spa located next door, if you want to go all out and make a day out of it.
The Botanica Vaucluse, 2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse, thebotanicavaucluse.com.au
(Photo: The Edition Roasters)
The interior of The Edition Roasters was inspired by rural life in Japan, with an all-black colour scheme that's lightened up by different textural elements along the walls, floors and counters. The simplicity of the decor gives it a tranquil vibe that makes you feel cocooned from the hustle and bustle of the cafe’s Darling Square location.
The Edition Roasters prides itself on offering quality cafe food done with the techniques and finesse one would normally find in fine dining, offering up dishes that borrow from Japanese and Scandinavian cuisine such as Scandinavian seafood chowder and souffle pancakes.
The Edition Roasters, 60 Darling Drive, Haymarket, editioncoffeeroasters.com
Celebrity chef Bill Granger is widely credited with helping Sydney up its cafe culture and brunch game through his eponymous restaurant Bills—which by now has achieved iconic status and have grown to include three restaurants in Sydney, as well as in Japan, South Korea and the US.
Its Surry Hills restaurant features that peach-pink hue on its walls that never fails to impress in an Instagram post, in addition to much-loved brunch items such as corn fritters and ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter. So renowned is Bills that it begs the question—if you haven’t been to Bills, do you even know Sydney’s brunch scene?
Bills, 359 Crown Street, Surry Hills, bills.com.au/surry-hills
(Photo: Chiswick Woollahra)
Celebrity chef Matt Moran’s restaurant has a country home ambiance that fits Moran’s farm-to-table food philosophy—with Chiswick Woollahra known for its plentiful kitchen garden, as well as a menu that changes with the seasons.
The current winter menu includes a baby fennel salad with grapes, feta and pistachio, and a slow roasted lamb served with pumpkin and mint, all served in a dining area that features wood-topped tables, white terrace chairs and elegant French windows that look out to the garden—a rustic, picturesque setting that is perfect for Instagram.
Chiswick Woollahra, 65 Ocean Street, Woollahra, chiswickwoollahra.com.au
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