November 16, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Cornersmith. Image courtesy of the venue.
With so much swimming and walking to do, Sydneysiders need their breakfast, and there are plenty of cafés that serve up the most important meal of the day made with quality ingredients like hand-blended muesli and free-range eggs to just-picked spinach. And it all tastes even better if you can find a spot where the harbor’s lapping at your toes or the ocean’s roaring in your ears.
At Three Blue Ducks, just up the hill from Bronte Beach, surfed-out hordes queue for mango lassi, bircher muesli and house-smoked salmon with eggs, labne, kale and chili toast, among other classics with a twist. Produce comes from the on-site kitchen garden, and the café supports its community through initiatives like Grow It Local, which celebrates urban farming.
The Depot at Bondi Beach, co-owned by former Olympic sprinter Heather Turland and her rock-star-of-a-chef son, Guy, has earned a strong following. Grab a wooden chair outside for ocean panoramas or get seated indoors on a church pew. On a health kick? Order the Hipster Three-Grain Breakfast Bowl: wild rice, quinoa, barley, hummus, eggs and kale done two ways – wilted and as chips. Otherwise, go for green eggs and ham: a prosciutto and rocket cigar with eggs, basil, kale, almond pesto and baked parmesan.
For a different kind of waterside experience, make tracks to Poolside Café at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, overlooking Woolloomooloo Bay and backdropped by Mrs Macquaries Point. Watch the lappers getting their workout as you tuck into organic black sticky rice served warm with coconut cream, lime, banana and passionfruit or brioche French toast with berries, toasted coconut ice cream, candied walnuts and maple syrup.
Inland, at Kepos Street Kitchen, Israeli-born chef and owner Michael Rantissi gives your wake-up a Mediterranean edge. Dishes include chilled rice pudding with pistachio, rose petals and summer berries; green pea and ricotta fritters with eggs, sumac and cured salmon; and Moroccan lamb and pine nut cigars with watercress, eggs, goat’s cheese and Vegemite tahini dipping sauce.
Head further west to Marrickville’s family-run Cornersmith for simple, honest fare that changes with the seasons. Past offerings have included sourdough with charred corn, pineapple, avocado salsa, tomato and green chili hot sauce; and rye toast with green and black tomatoes, artisanal buttermilk ricotta, purple basil, garlic scapes and kumquats. If you have time, sign up for one of the café’s pickling or preserving workshops.
About The HUNT Sydney Writer: Jasmine Crittenden is a writer by day and a musician by night. When not grappling with a story or a song, she’s out and about, exploring independent bookshops, alternative art galleries, jazz clubs, small bars, wild swimming spots and waterfalls. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Concrete Playground, Los Angeles Times Travel Plus and Music Australia. You can find her writing at jasminecrittenden.net and her music at jasminebeth.net.