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"Personally, though, I don't mind an espresso martini on a Sunday morning." TOP 10 Brisbane's Best Breakfasts 1 Pearl, Woolloongabba

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Pearl at Woolloongabba is a popular breakfast spot. Picture: Bruce Long Source: News Limited Rustic and refined, this Woolloongabba cafe has been instrumental in turning the fiveways into a food lovers haunt. Snaking Saturday morning lines are a testament to the brilliant European-influenced breakfast menu, featuring elegant lemon verbena crumpets with goats' cheese and mandarin compote, or braised beef short ribs with hash, rainbow chard and egg. Genovese coffee is served with Barambah organic milk, and the brunch cocktails - Campari and blood orange, or peachy bellinis - kick things up a notch. 2 Shucked, Newstead

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Avocado on toast at Shucked Cafe, Newstead. Source: News Limited Tucked in Newstead's industrial area, this coffee house proves that location is not everything. Wised-up locals head here for sure-fired hangover cures, including sweet potato hash with bacon and eggs or ranchero-style baked egg with black turtle beans, jalape単o salad and chorizo. Got a sweet tooth? Try a Turkish delight or chilli chocolate shake, and the breakfast tiramisu, with espresso-soaked muesli and vanilla mascarpone. There's also a waffle of the day, which has previously included a sweet goats cheese, with cherries, port syrup and toasted almonds. The coffee ain't bad, either. 3 Grub St, Gaythorne

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Grub Street Cafe, Gaythorne. Source: News Limited While this suburban gem doesn't make itself out to be health hub, the globetrotting menu caters to most dietary requirements, with gluten-free carrot pancakes with pea puree, red pepper relish and haloumi, or a chevre omelette with salmon gravlax, pickled beetroot and microherbs. Nasi goreng and Israeli couscous also make an appearance, and you can go all out with the pumpkin and haloumi fritters, served with merguez sausage. Head there early to beat the weekend crowds, unless you're prepared to perch outside on milk crates. 4 Pablo, New Farm Pablo at New Farm. There's savoury mince, and then there's Pablo's version, tricked up with chorizo, speck, herbed crème fraÎche and a fried egg. The granola? It comes with a lemon and vanilla bean posset, spiced pear and pistachio mousse. The French toast? A simple hazelnut fairy floss, homemade chai ice-cream and vanilla syrup. The above-andbeyond breakfast dishes have earned this tiny, family-run eatery a loyal following, despite being located in one of Brisbane's most competitive brunch suburbs. 5 Hamptons Home Living, Paddington Hamptons Home Living, Paddington. The leafy rear deck of this converted cottage turned cafe-home wares store, with its sweeping city views, is almost enough to qualify for this list alone. Sip a St Ali espresso and take in the scenery, or tuck into a full breakfast at the communal table and admire the well-curated collection of elegant home wares. The menu has all the


cafe classics, such egg benedict, avocado on toast, and a BLT, and a few rib-sticking winter options like English pork sausages, with fried potato gnocchi, fried egg and onion gravy. 6 Comfort at My Table, Milton

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Comfort at My Table, Milton. Source: News Limited Thought nanna chic was limited to knitting and fashion? Owner chef Nims Zavackas proves otherwise, putting a quirky spin on retro-favourites, such as banoffee waffles with nutmeg Chantilly, or frenched croissants, with poached red currents, pistachio and natural yoghurt. Friendly staff and a homey setting make it easy to settle in with the weekend papers and a mulberry smoothie. 7 Scout, Petrie Terrace

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Scout in Petrie Terrace. Source: News Limited Cute as a button Scout is a newcomer to the cafe scene, housed in a heritage-listed 1920s Victorian terrace. Fans of the breakfast salad are well-served here, with an eggy roasted mushrooms, piperade, pine nut and ricotta number, while the avocado and goats fetta on toast can be pimped out with chorizo, fried egg or German ham. Friendly staff flit about the small interior, with exposed brick walls, hanging ferns and recycled timber cabinetry, serving up Coffee Supreme brews and salted caramel shakes. It's one of the few breakfast places where you'll get a hot meal, coffee and a change from a twenty. 8 The Chelsea, Petrie Terrace The Chelsea, Petrie Terrace. Housed in a heritage-listed part of the Barracks, the Chelsea delivers a slick, European-style breakfast package. The moody setting and an often updated menu keeps things interesting, with fun options like posh toad in the hole, with brioche, gravlax and horseradish sauce, and savoury French toast with pea puree, ham hock and truffle oil. 9 Spicers Balfour, New Farm New Farm's Spicers Balfour Hotel. Considered one of the city's best bed and breakfasts, this boutique hotel has, very quietly, opened the private dining room to the public for weekend breakfasts. Opt for the full breakfast, which include a continental selection of artisan breads, fresh fruit and pastries, plus an al a carte option, such as hot smoked salmon with poached egg,


grilled asparagus and organic labna, or frenched brioche with banana, vanilla bean ice-cream and salted caramel. Sit out on the hotel's leafy Queenslander deck, add a glass of Veuve Clicquot and you've got the classiest breakfast experience in town. 10 The Corner Store, Toowong Corner Store Cafe, Toowong. Tucked down a suburban side street, this reconverted corner store has become a weekend staple for inner-west families, cyclists and hipsters. A purpose-built vegie patch and herb garden serves the kitchen, which churns out breakfast basics like quinoa porridge and granola, with inventive twists, and hearty fare such as corned beef quesadilla with white sauce, cheddar, poached eggs and braised cabbage. Single origin espressos and cold-brew from Marvell St roasters, organic coconuts, cracked to order, and a solid juice menu rounds out the crowd-pleasing menu.


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