Breakfast

UNA @One Rochester

We went for the UNA Thanksgiving Brunch ($58++ per adult), and had an awesome time!

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​Verdure Cafe @Springleaf

2016-11-20-10-16-05It was Sunday and we felt like having brunch closer to nature. Decided to check out Verdure which is next to Springleaf Park 🙂

There were plenty of outdoor seatings (pets allowed), but we opted for the smaller indoor space because it was so hot today!

At just before 10am, with only 2 other customers, we were disappointed to know that 2 of the 3 chef’s recommendations for weekend brunch was not available.

We decided to just share a Big Breakfast ($16.90 nett). For drinks, we ordered Latte ($4.90) and a hot Honey Apple Cider Vinegar ($4.90).

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永和豆漿 Yonghe Breakfast Shop @Taipei

2016-10-30-09-36-09There was a small 永和豆漿 Yonghe Breakfast Shop outlet near our place at 早餐街 Breakfast Street (and a more atas looking branch opposite street), so we thought why not have a local breakfast here since our hotel did not provide breakfast, but only some light bites.

There were very limited seats here, and many people were doing take-away. We opted to eat-in, so it was a 15min wait for an assigned table, and the food followed quite quickly after that.

Since we already had some light bites earlier, we shared some 豆浆 Soy Milk (NT$23), 油条 Fried Fritters (NT$17), and 培根蛋餅 Bacon Egg Wrap (NT$33). The food was very typical Taiwan food. Not bad for our first local breakfast in Taipei 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 台北市中正區漢口街二段30號, No. 30, Section 2, Hankou St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan (Google Maps)
  • Nearest MRT: Ximen Station 捷運西門站 (Exit 6)
  • Hrs: 5:30am – 2pm
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​呷三碗  Eat 3 Bowls @Seah Im Food Centre

2016-09-03-11-35-11This was a new stall since our last visit to Seah Im Food Centre at Telok Blangah, and who could resist Braised Meat Rice 滷肉飯 that cost only $2.50! We also ordered the Deep Fried Intestines 炸大膓 ($4) instead of the usually braised intestines.

The braised meat rice was awesome, transporting us immediately back to Taiwan!!

The good balance of meat and fats and the lovely rice drenched with gravy. This was worth every single cent! The deep fried intestines reminded us of 鹽酥雞, for within the super crispy exterior lay the very soft intestines. We liked it! Some might find the smell a bit too strong though.

We were very happy with our choice and would love to come back to try out the other items!

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​The Pantry Manly @Manly, Sydney

2016-08-21-08-57-14We woke up bright and early on a Sunday morning and took the ferry to Manly island so as to beat the crowd!

The Pantry Manly sits right beside the ocean and provides a unblocked view of the vastness, and the various activities happening on the beach. It was a bright and sunny day with clear blue skies and the cottage-feel of the cafe gave a very warm feeling against the chilly ocean breeze outside.

  • Baked Egg Frittata (A$19.90): This was very hearty and delicious! Not too dry, not too wet, the eggs and the prosciutto ham, parmesan cheese, rockets and artichokes made a good combination. The tomatoes were so plump and juicy! The baby potatoes were fantastic, as usual.
  • French Toast (A$22): The preserved pear and candied walnut provided a mix of textures to the French toast with cream.
  • Skinny Latte (A$): Hubby enjoyed the strong and bitter skinny latte, which was more acidic than the ones he had for the past few days.
Contact:

  • Location: Ocean Promenade North Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia (Google Map)
  • Websitethepantrymanly.com (Facebook)
  • Directions: Take the ferry to Manly and walk to the beach 🙂
  • Hrs: 7:30am – 10pm
  • Reservation: (02) 9977 0566
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​bills @Darlinghurst, Sydney

2016-08-20-08-44-19We woke up bright and early and took a morning stroll to bills (because so many people kept recommending it)!

This location at Darlinghurst was where it all began in 1993 when Bill Granger, at the age of 24 dropped out of art school and opened his first restaurant.  It quickly became famous for the best scrambled eggs and ricotta hotcakes in town, served at the now much-copied communal table where locals and visitors, families and celebrities sit down to eat together and thrive on the buzzing atmosphere. (from bill’s website)

We reached here before 9am on this lovely Saturday, and it was not very crowded yet. Actually, my cousin had recommended scrambled eggs here, but we totally forgot about it and went on to have our priciest breakfast of the trip.

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​Pancakes on the Rocks @The Rocks, Sydney

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Pancakes on the Rocks is a must-visit for tourists, and I had a taste of it many years ago during my work trip, and figured that I had to bring hubby here!

This was actually pre-lunch, for we were still trying to arrange to meet Ms I elsewhere, when we found that this place was practically empty!

What a stark contrast, as compared to the previous evening that we walked by and the queue was oh-so-long. Without much hesitation, we walked in 😛

We shared an Aussie Sunrise (A$15.95), which consisted of two buttermilk pancakes with whipped butter, bacon, an egg, grilled banana, and pineapples.

Erm, hubby thought that this place felt very American, and the pancake was just normal. Oh well, we will just check this off our list as a been-there-done-that 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 4 Hickson Rd, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia (Google Map)
  • Websitewww.pancakesontherocks.com.au
  • Directions: Take the train to Circular Quay Station and walk to The Rocks
  • Hrs: Open 24 hours
  • Reservation: (02) 9247 6371
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​Joe Black Cafe @Surry Hills, Sydney

2016-08-18-09-25-51Since we only had a Matcha Latte take away (check out the cup on the table) from the small Cafe Cre Asion, we decided to turn at the corner into Commonwealth Street and landed on Joe Black Cafe which had a good rating on Google.

The cafe was very cozy and warm with a very community feel to it. On one of the walls (where we were seated), there was a drawing of a train map that became a very interesting talking point for its customers.

We especially loved the warm hospitality of the servers as they get around to take our orders, fetched and topped up our tap waters. The whole lively vibe of the place just boosted our level of likeness for Sydney on a whole!

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​Paramount Coffee Project @Surry Hills, Sydney

2016-08-17-10-01-06We decided to check out this popular cafe at Surry Hills that was a short walk away from our apartment.

Located in Paramount House, this was a relatively spacious cafe with high ceiling in an open concept; one can walk through the cafe and straight to other parts of the building. We felt very relaxed here!

After last night’s experience, I took a closer look at the drinks selection and was happy to find that there was also a rather wide range of tea selections and other non-coffee options here.

Since we already had pre-breakfast, we decided to share a main dish 🙂

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​Harry’s Cafe de Wheels @Hay Street, Sydney

We chanced upon the popular Harry’s (which was just around the corner of our apartment) while trying to figure our way to breakfast and decided that we needed pre-breakfast, hahaha 😛

Of course, we ordered their signature pie, Tiger (A$7.60), named after the founder Harry ‘Tiger’ Edwards. This was a chunky lean beef pie served with mushy peas, mash & gravy in distinct layers.

We thought that the pie itself was alright, but the mushy peas and mash were really delicious and we totally enjoyed this legendary dish from Sydney!

Contact:

  • Location: Hay Street, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia (Google Map)
  • Websitewww.harryscafedewheels.com.au
  • Directions: Take the Light Rail to Capitol Square. It’s on the outside entrance of Capitol Square Shopping Centre, next to Paddy Maguires Pub
  • Hrs: 9am – 10pm (Mon-Tue), 9am – 12am (Wed-Thu), 9am – 3am (Fri-Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)
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