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New Sydney Brunches To Sample This Silly Season

As the creators of both the flat white and the smashed avo on toast, Australia is indisputably the brunch capital of the world. And in Sydney, one only needs to stroll a café-lined street on a Saturday or Sunday morning to see further evidence of that.

And fortunately for Sydneysiders, the city is constantly keeping that brunch scene fresh. The past few months alone have seen a slew of new brunch unveilings – just in time for the warmer weather.

From a two-hour Mediterranean feast on a tucked-away rooftop to a High Tea featuring elaborate vegan eats and treats, we’ve rounded up the best of Sydney’s new brunches. The only hard part now is choosing which to visit. Good luck.

Babylon, Sydney CBD 

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Image: Babylon / supplied

Babylon on level seven of Westfield Pitt Street is one of Sydney’s newest rooftop restaurants. And its glamorous set-up of floaty white curtains, marble floors and surrounding high-rise buildings provides the perfect backdrop for its new meze and mimosas brunch.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 1pm for $49pp, diners can enjoy two hours of free-flowing prosecco and OJ as they tuck into flavourful Mediterranean dishes that include warm housemade bread, cold smoked eggplant salad and hummus sprinkled with wattleseed dukkah. Kick on afterward for Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails and live music.

Alibi Bar & Kitchen, Woolloomoolloo

Though the colourful restaurant in the lobby of Ovolo Woolloomoolloo, Alibi, offers a High Tea and not a brunch, it’s still more than worth a mention. Because with every dish entirely plant-based, and not to mention intricately-made, it has to be one of the most unique High Teas on the planet.

On every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 4pm, it’ll see you served an elegant platter loaded with exquisite sweet and savoury creations. Mixed berry cheesecake, rolled cucumber and a whipped macadamia mini garden are among the highlights.

Packages start at $55pp and include varying types of bubbles.

The Butler, Potts Point

Tucked into the leafy residential suburb of Potts Point but offering sweeping views of the CBD skyline beyond, The Butler is a calming city escape. Which makes for an ideal setting for its newly-launched Sunday boozy brunch.

From 12pm onwards, and for $88pp, groups of four to 12 can book in for two hours of bottomless bubbles to be sipped on while tucking into an Ibero-American lunch spread. Four cheese queso fundido, flash-fried cauliflower and kingfish ceviche are among the standouts.

glass brasserie, Sydney CBD 

For a brunch that gives you reason to dress your best, look no further than Luke Mangan’s new five-course Sunday Brunch at Hilton Sydney’s second-floor restaurant glass brasserie.

For $75pp and for a two-hour booking anytime between 11:30am – 3:30pm, it’ll see you served five courses that include Zucchini flowers, crab omelette and key lime pie, as you enjoy your choice of bottomless Aperol Spritz or French Rosé and take in floor-to-ceiling views of George Street foot traffic.

Nour, Surry Hills

A trip to Nour is a blissful attack on the senses. On Surry Hills’ famous Crown Street, executive chef Ben Williamson and head chef Griff Pamment serve up fresh, modern Lebanese fare in sleek soft pink and copper surrounds.

The hero of the restaurant’s recently expanded brunch offering is its twist on the iconic McMuffin – dubbed the Al-muhuffin, it boasts a house-made lamb merguez sausage topped with a fried egg and comes with a batata harra hash browns on the side. The decadent line-up also features spicy, messy Bekaa chicken wings with harissa emulsion and halva hotcakes served in the pan and topped with cardamom ice-cream.

Brunch is available from 12pm – 2:30pm on Saturdays and 10am – 2:30pm on Sundays and costs $69pp with a choice of beer, rosé, Aperol Spritz, espresso martinis or Persian spritz.

Madame Shanghai, Darlinghurst

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Image: Madame Shanghai / supplied

Emerald green furnishings, intricate gold trimmings and floor-length royal blue curtains set an authentic 1930s Shanghai scene in the middle of busy Darlinghurst at Madame Shanghai.

And the restaurant’s food offering is in line with the décor too. Made-to-share dishes are contemporary Chinese with a French technique cooking twist. Think tempura fish bao, lamb & cumin pancakes and hot and spicy chicken ribs.

Their never-ending rosé brunch, on 12 – 2pm Thursdays to Sundays, includes two hours of bottomless rosé and a grazing menu. It’ll set you back $69pp.

(Lead image: Nour / supplied) 

Published 29 October, 2019