Brisbane Breakfast Bucket List | Gourmand and Gourmet

The Brisbane breakfast bucket list

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Brisbane Breakfast

Forget sky diving, climbing Everest and learning another language–our bucket list involves eating our way through every single breakfast Brisbane has to offer.

We know it’s a lost cause, with all those seasonal menu changes and delicious new cafes opening every second weekend, but that’s not going to stop us giving it a red hot go. After all, what are Sundays for?

In no particular order (how could we choose between them?), here are the best breakfasts in Brisbane!

BREAKFAST IN NORTH BRISBANE
Let Minnow Café | Clayfield | Banoffee pie waffles

No, we will not start slow. We will start by diving head-first into the devilishly sweet breakfast concoction that is Let Minnow’s banoffee pie waffles. Start your day on a sugar high, with sweet waffles topped with banana, salted caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, chocolate flake, nut crumble and vanilla bean ice cream.

Elixir Café | Stafford | Piggy in the Middle

It was one of the best games in primary school, and now it’s one of the best breakies in Brisbane. Glow up. Pig out on a pork and fennel patty with bacon, fried egg, smoky BBQ and toasted Turkish bread.

The Low Road Café | Windsor | Breakfast Spaghetti 

For a good ol’ spag bowl, don’t forget to hit up The Low Road Café’s breakfast spaghetti, which comes with melty parmesan and basil on sourdough toast.

Blockhouse | Nundah | Prawn Waffles

Easy, tiger. Local tiger prawns paired with charred corn and roasted capsicum waffle, créme fraiche and lime salsa will really get your morning off to a swimming start.

Fuel & Co. | Nundah | Chicken and Waffles

Pure comfort food looks a little something like buttermilk fried chicken thigh, poached eggs, hollandaise and hot sauce on top of a parmesan cornbread waffle. 

My Mistress | Clayfield | Oh my Geisha

Say ‘thank you, mistress,’ for a Japanese style cabbage pancake with bacon, fried egg, Kewpie mayo, house made otafuku sauce, nori, pickled ginger, dried shallots, chilli and bonito flakes.

BREAKFAST IN CENTRAL BRISBANE
Beaux Rumble | Fortitude Valley | Smoked Labne

We are ready to rumble with decadent dish of smoked labne, brown chilli butter, salmon roe and toast.  

Patina at Customs House | CBD | S is for Sundays brunch 

Patina’s boozy brunch will tend to your bougie side with a four-course menu and free-flowing Chandon S, Chandon Sparkling Brut Rosé, Chandon Blanc de Blanc Bellinis, and Belvedere Bloody Marys. Roll out of bed and straight into a sweet potato waffle with Korean fried chicken and kimchi and buttermilk pancakes with brûléed banana.

King Arthur | Fortitude Valley | Banana Waffles

Gwen was right when she said this stuff is bananas. Topped with maple caramel, macadamia and crème fraiche, these banana waffles are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Plum Tucker | Red Hill | Toffee Apple Waffles

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but your dentist might need a ring after this sweet boi – toasted waffles served with caramelised baked apple, coconut crunch, dulce de leche and ice cream drizzled with Canadian maple.

Little Loco | New Farm | Huevos Rancheros

You’ll go loco for chorizo, scrambled eggs, charred corn and tomato salsa, green salsa and chilli with fresh tortillas.

Miss Jones | New Farm | Lloyd’s Breakfast 

Little Loco’s little sister, Miss Jones’ Lloyd’s Breakfast is super delicious and unique (hash and cheddar waffles anyone?). It also comes with bacon, poached eggs, spinach, tomato relish and avo on sourdough.

Moray Café | New Farm | Piña Colada Waffles

Much better than getting caught in the rain, this toasted coconut waffle is stacked high with grilled pineapple, coconut ice cream and fresh Malibu lime syrup.

Darling & Co. | Paddington | Vegan Brunch

Every Saturday, dig into five courses of vegan brunching, starting with fresh zucchini fritters and citrus yoghurt, and finishing with French toast with strawberry sauce.

Kettle & Tin | Paddington | Bánh Xèo 

As if bánh xèo’s translation, ’sizzle cake’, wasn’t enough to make us come running, this brekkie dish is a Vietnamese-style cake with prawns, fresh herbs, and nuóc chấm sauce inside.

Sassafras | Paddington | Ricotta Hot Cakes 

Decadent house-made honeycomb butter atop soft, ricotta hotcakes, drizzled with maple syrup. Enough said.

Scout Café | Petrie Terrace | Blueberry Bagel 

Basically a doughnut for breakfast, Scout Café’s blueberry bagel with vegan Bounty schmear is so good, you’ll be going in for seconds (and thirds!)

Morning After | West End | Carbonara 

They may have offended all Italians, but the cheesy carbonara with 63-degree eggs, field mushrooms, smoked pancetta and manchego is our idea of breakfast heaven.

Miss Bliss | West End | Morning Glory Bircher

Find your bliss with a healthy start of bircher with rhubarb, ginger, spring fruits and bergamot coconut labneh.

Lokal + Co | West End | Ricotta and Blueberry Dumplings

Don’t use up all your attention taking in the uber chic Scandinavian vibe around you, or your breakfast buddy might just steal a bite of these dumplings doused in dark cherry sauce with chocolate biscuit crumb.

The Gunshop Café | Towoong | Potato and Feta Hash Cakes 

One of The Gunshop’s classics, these fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside hash cakes are topped with herbed sour cream, baby spinach and fresh heirloom tomatoes.

BREAKFAST IN SOUTH BRISBANE
Little Clive | Annerley | Peachy Keen Pancakes

Got a serious sweet tooth when it comes to breakfast? Little Clive will change your life with their fluffy pancakes with brûlée bourbon peaches, hazelnut and burghal crumb, toffee, fennel and lemon and ginger maple.

Penny Coffee Co | Dutton Park | Piña Colada Panna Cotta

Slide your spoon into smooth panna cotta with coconut cashew granola, minted pineapple, seasonal fruit and a piña colada pour. 

Café O-Mai | Annerley | Aunty Five’s Claypot Sausage Baked Eggs

A traditional Vietnamese street breakfast, this comforting dish is packed with Vietnamese lemongrass pork sausage, mushroom, tomato and tamarind sauce on sourdough. 

Deedot Coffee House | Holland Park West | Mushroom Masala

Indian-inspired breaky? It’s a yes from us, when it looks a little like mushrooms and peas in a mildly spiced tomato curry, with pickled lime yoghurt, green chutney and a fried egg on toasted paratha.

Lady Marmalade | Stones Corner | The LM Gringo

Ay my amigos, the LM Gringos aren’t just any waffles. This combination of chilli cheese cornbread waffle with savoury mince, avocado, chorizo, black beans, fried eggs and sour cream will have your taste buds singing in no time!

BREAKFAST IN EAST BRISBANE
Pawpaw Café | Woolloongabba | PawPaw’s Signature Hash

For a meal that packs a yummy punch, hit up Pawpaw Café’s potato hash cakes with poached eggs, turmeric hummus, smashed avocado, dukkah, haloumi and beetroot relish. 

Picnic Café | Camp Hill | Tim Tam Pancakes

Wham bam, thank you ma’am. Tim Tam pancakes will change your life as bites of mixed berry coulis, strawberries, Nutella, salted popcorn and vanilla bean ice cream hit your palate.

Florence Café | Camp Hill | Pumpkin Bread

Pump it, louder! This treat is topped with pecan ricotta, ginger, fig and lemon thyme honey.

Microlot | Hawthorne | Shimeji Mushrooms on Rye

You’ll like it a Microlot. Shimeji mushrooms, seared cavolo nero and toasted pecans on rye. 

Sister Café | Hawthorne | Breakfast Gnocchi

Yaaass sis. Sisters are doing it for themselves, dishing up a decadent bowl of gnocchi with mushroom ragu, bacon crumb, pecorino, free-range egg, pepper and truffle oil.

BREAKFAST IN WEST BRISBANE
Wild Canary | Brookfield | Gardener’s Breakfast 

Carnivores, feast on a generous plate of bacon steak, cheese kranskies, mushrooms, poached free range eggs, house baked beans, grilled haloumi, avo and sourdough toast.

Smoked Paprika | Bardon | Shakshuka

This one has us shakshuka to the core. Dig into Israeli baked eggs in a rich tomato and capsicum sauce with chickpeas, house spice mix, feta, grilled haloumi and sourdough to soak that sauce up!

Goodness Gracious Café | Graceville | Cheeseburger Benedict

The name of this cute café says it all! This Benedict is different from the ones you’ve had before, with a wagyu pattie, American cheddar, onion, pickles, poached eggs, hollandaise on a potato bun.

The Corner Store Café | Toowong | Strawberry and Cream Waffles  

So much more than your average corner store, this Brisbane staple is serving up waffles topped with strawberry compote, Earl Grey tea ice cream, vanilla crème fraiche, berries and floss.

Pitch + Fork | Toowong | Soft Shell Crab Omelette

This fluffy folded element is loaded up with soft shell crab, fresh herbs, sprouts, lime aioli, chili jam and Turkish bread.

 

Are these enough reasons to ditch your morning Weetbix? We think so.

Words by Nicole Portacha, Ranyhyn Akui and Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmands who wake up on the right side of the bread