In lieu of a national dish, there are few countries that rival Australia at the breakfast table. Break your fast with one of our top five favourite breakfast experiences at The Star.
Whether you’re a morning person or not, breakfast made and served by someone else is an indulgence worth getting out of bed for. Don’t wait for your significant other to gently rouse you with a tray of baked goodies and a hot coffee. Get out to one of our favourite morning haunts for that caffeine hit and a stomach silencer that’ll get you through the day (or at least until lunch).
We’ve wrapped up our favourite dishes at The Star into a tight little breakfast burrito for your enjoyment.
1. Early morning riverside sips at Will & Flow
Early rises will enjoy the liquid breakfast that is the Breakfast On The Move smoothie – with a healthy mix up of skim milk, banana, honey, muesli and natural yoghurt – at Will and Flow. Slurp as you meander along the Brisbane River greeting early joggers and commuters as you go. Or, if hair of the dog is more your style, start the day with an Aperol Spritz and sit on the deck watching the calm waters of Brisbane’s brown snake.
2. Champagne and oysters at Nineteen at the Star
If you spent the morning hitting the snooze button, then a lazy Sunday brunch might be the perfect accompaniment to a slow start. Speaking of things that pair well, a mid-morning glass of bubbly and a dozen fresh Sydney Rock oysters seem like a match made in heaven to us. If you prefer to ease into the morning, the Soufflé Pancakes with seasonal berries, Chantilly cream and maple syrup might be more your speed. Brunch at this luxe Gold Coast eatery takes place every Sunday, book your place for the 11am–1pm sitting or the late session of 1.15pm–3.15pm. Start late to finish even later – it’s the height of decadence.
3. Seafood breakfast at SOKYO
Adventurous breakfast types will be spoilt for choice at Sydney’s Sokyo restaurant. You’ve never tried mushrooms on toast quite like this – with whipped tofu, yuzu kosho and radish. True breakfast aficionados will delight in the chilli crab omelette – with spanner crab, seaweed rice and Sambal butter. Paired with a healthy green juice of cucumber, celery and green apple; it’s sure to kickstart your morning.
4. Back to basics at The Lab, Treasury Brisbane
Dine as the Parisians do with a freshly brewed coffee and a flaky pastry for breakfast at The Lab – black silk gloves à la Breakfast at Tiffany’s optional. This simple menu doesn’t mess around with a spread of continental favourites – bircher muesli, toasted ham and cheese croissant or a fruit plate – and hot breakfast options. If an afternoon tea affair is more your speed, book in for High Tea on a Saturday and pair your pastry with a little bubbly – sittings are for 1pm and 2pm and must be booked in advance.
5. Eat al fresco, à la carte at Garden Kitchen & Bar
Garden Kitchen and Bar capitalises on two of the Gold Coast’s most coveted natural qualities: sunshine and fresh produce. The Smoked Salmon Rösti – with Tasmanian smoked salmon, fried kumara rösti, pickled ginger, Meander Valley crème fraiche and a zesty herb salad – paired with a silky flat white will kick off your lazy weekend. And if you can’t go all out and eat the Peach Toast – white and milk chocolate toast with fresh peaches, mascarpone and dark caramel served with toasted almonds and whipped coconut cream – while soaking up the sights of the Gold Coast then, when can you?