Eat & Drink

Get brunching in style with this list of 18 dishes to get stuck into this summer

If you’re looking forward to sleeping in over the summer break, you’ll need to back your lazy mornings up with a quality brunch so as to get your day off to the right start. There's loads of brunch venues to choose from and to help make your decision a little easier we’ve picked some of the best brunch dishes in Newcastle for you to work your way through. Starting with...

1. Autumn Rooms Crumpets
The dish that never dates, Crumpets are a classic brunch dish and they don’t get much better than the Autumn Rooms version. Loaded with Honey Roasted Stone Fruit, Whipped Lemon Creme Fraiche, Honey and Almond Crumb you will be hooked on them from the very first bite. (V)
Where: Autumn Rooms, 127 Darby St, Cooks Hill
Cost: $18

2. House Smoked Ocean Trout
One of East End Hub’s most popular dishes and a personal favourite of owner Lizzie, the House Smoked Ocean Trout with corn fritter - pink lady - feta - puffed grains - baby herbs + pistachio perfectly matches the ocean views and breeze.
Where: East End Hub, 3/3 King St, Newcastle
Cost: $24.

3. Banh Xeo
If you’re looking for something a little different then you need to order Momo’s thin, crispy Vietnamese rice flour pancake. Filled with grilled organic tofu and local organic zucchini, sprouts and herbs, the pancake comes with a nuoc mam dipping sauce. (GFO, V)
Where: Momo Wholefood, 227 Hunter St, Newcastle
Cost: $19

4. Summer Bruschetta
It doesn’t get more seasonally appropriate than the Summer Bruschetta at the Autumn Rooms. Bursting with a Tomato Medley, Prosciutto, Shaved Manchego, Sage Aioli, Fried Egg, Green Onion Oil on Toasted Sourdough. Avocado is of course an added option. (GFO, V)
Where: Autumn Rooms, 127 Darby St, Cooks Hill
Cost: $21

5. Halloumi and Smoked Salmon
It's a favourite with the locals, and staff alike, the Grilled Halloumi, Locally Smoked Salmon, Fresh Rocket, a Poached Egg and Basil Pesto with Sonoma Sourdough makes for the perfect way to start the day. 
Where: Goldbergs, 137 Darby St, Cooks Hill
Cost: $17.90

6. Nourish Bowl
Want to keep your brunch dish healthy? Try the Roasted Sweet Potato, Charred Broccoli with Quinoa, Grilled Zucchini, Avocado, Hummus, House Ferments, Lemon Dressing and Dukkah. (GF, VE)
Where: Talulah, 52 Glebe Rd, The Junction
Cost: $20

7. Egg & Bacon Toastie
The team at Praise Joe Urban Pantry in Tighes Hill know how to create some amazing food out of a small space, and if a toastie is what you're craving, this is the place. Keep your eye out for the weekly specials, but it's hard to go past that Egg and Bacon Toastie.
Where: 22 Elizabeth St, Tighes Hill

8. Berry Cheesecake Waffles
Prefer to indulge?! Why not it's the holidays! The Autumn Rooms Cheesecake Waffle with Whipped Vanilla Cream Cheese, Meringue, Summer Berries and Berry Compote is the only way to go. (V)
Where: Autumn Rooms, 127 Darby St, Cooks Hill
Cost: $21

9. Smoked Trout Omelette
A favourite with locals is the Open Faced Omelette with Smoked Trout , Salmon Pearls, Dill, Snow Peas, Asparagus, Fennel served on Creme Fraiche Smeared Sourdough.
Where: 3 Monkeys Café, 131 Darby St, Cooks Hill
Cost: $24.90

10. Sweet Potato Toast
There would be a public outcry if this dish was taken off the menu!!
This nourishing, high protein dish features whole baked sweet potato slices topped with house cashew cheese, avocado and tamari seeds together with leafy greens, zoodles and superfood slaw. (VE, GF)
Where: Mama P’s, 2/142 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown
Cost: $18.90

11. Leaf and Seed
If you’re heading into Hunter Street drop into one of Newcastle's fav foodie venues, the Happy Wombat for Poached Eggs, Krispy Kale, Grilled Asparagus, Haloumi, House Dukkha and Relish, on Soy and Linseed.
Where: The Happy Wombat, 575 Hunter St, Newcastle West
Cost: $21.50

12. 6 hour Braised Lamb Wrap
Some regulars are known to eat this delicious wrap every single day for lunch! That dish being the 6 hr Braised Lamb Shoulder, Dill and Preserved Lemon Labne, Pickled Green Beans and Red Onions, Kale, Cabbage and Herb Slaw, Za’atar and Green Tahini. You also have the option to add their fermented habanero hot sauce.
Where: Clyde Street Café, Unit 40/54 Clyde St, Hamilton North
Cost: For $17.50

13. Vegan Pancakes
Owner Leya easily put their Vegan Pancakes out there as their most beautiful and tasty brunch item. Light and fluffy these Pancakes are topped with Fresh Summer Fruits and Maple Syrup.
Where: Onyx Espresso Bar, 191 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
Cost: $26

14. Potato Rosti
It’s a classic but when done right it’s that dish that you just can’t go past, the good old Crispy Bacon, Poached Eggs and Baby Spinach, complete with ocean breeze.
Where: Edmonds & Co, 14 Pacific St, Newcastle
Cost: $22.50

15. Lamb + Halloumi Burger
When you are beyond hungry and want a meal to hit every side and then some, the Moroccan Pulled Lamb, Halloumi, Rich House made Chermoula Sauce, on a Sonoma Brioche Milk Bun and Sweet Potato Fries and Aioli is the dish for you.
Where: The Captain and Crew, 68 Marks Point Rd, Marks Point
Cost: $25

16. Prawn, Mango & Chilli Salad
A bright summery salad with fresh mint, shallots, a maple/mango dressing and lime has become the new crowd favourite and will be here to stay at Bolton Street Pantry.
Where: Bolton Street Pantry, 45 Bolton St, Newcastle
Cost: $19

17. Smoothie Bowls
Moor Newcastle East have just introduced two new Smoothie Bowl flavours, the Green which features Avocado, Banana, Spinach, Hempseed, agave) and a Red which includes Berries, Banana, Cacao, Chia. Both are served with house-made granola and summer fruits and are made on almond milk so vegan friendly!
Where: Moor Newcastle East, 33 Hunter St, Newcastle

18. Canadian Brekkie
They don't come much bigger than this, the Canadian Brekkie with Maple Bacon, Pork Sausage, 2 Eggs, Ricotta Hotcakes and Canadian Maple Syrup is sure to get your heart started.
Where: Son of a Gun, 66 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Cost: $20