I’m back.. sort of. On borrowed time and borrowed internet I’m sneaking away to try and establish a sense of normalcy. Over the wonderful festive season I enjoyed many delicious meals and fun times with family and friends. It was a weird type of holiday… I’ve never “holidayed” in my home town before but before I knew it I was being whisked off to Canberra to start my very first “big girl” job – champagne pops!
So excuse me if I get a bit melancholy but essentially I’m sitting very much along in a hotel room with no natural light. Keeping in mind we all have to start somewhere I’m pressing on! Which is exactly what happens at Brewtown in Newtown – segue of the year!
I know I’m a little slow on the bandwagon and with so many places now famous for brunch I can admit I didn’t have high expectations. I had previously popped into Brewtown for a chai and a wind down after a long road trip and found the service to be surprisingly attentive and lovely. Not that I expected it to be poor it’s just it was noticeably good. Even though we came near closing time we were made to feel comfortable offered some sweets and never rushed. It was a great Chai too.
This time my friend and I decided to try out Brewtown’s brunch. Being increasingly popular around town brunch can be dangerously mediocre. Reading the menu (the night before we went) we were surprised and a little concerned by how… abnormal it was. No big breakfasts of BLTs here instead you can order such wonders as sticky date, coconut chai morning pudding, pistachios, dehydrated mandarin or Grilled black sausage, eggplant puree, fennel and blood orange salad, goats cheese.
Being more of a savoury person and always feeling weird not ordering eggs when I go out for brunch together we went for the baked polenta, rustic romesco, truss tomatoes, feta, poached eggs & walnuts and the corned beef hash with garden peas, poached egg and parmesan crumbs. At $15 a pop this is about the price you’d pay for an eggs benedict elsewhere.
This was honestly one of the most inventive and delicious brunches I had in a long time. The portion size was quite generous for someone as little as I but I could not stop eating. The spicy romesco and crunchy polenta perfectly complimented the poached egg and the feta and walnuts made sure the dish was not overly rich. While I’m usually a bit weird about having so many textures on a plate I loved every bite! My friend too almost ate her whole dish – which was extra surprising seeing as she was coming out of a cold.
If you have room, which would be very surprising, Brewtown have a stunning sweets cabinet. With their famous “brewnuts” (cronuts) and a new hybrid of muffins and croissants – “cruffins”. I honestly almost took a handful takeaway. Also if you’re into coffee, I hear it’s kind of their specialty – obvs.
The lesson from all this is brunch doesn’t have to be boring and Brewtown is leading a renaissance of flavours and fun, so go try it.