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The Chelsea: Brisbane’s best brekkie?

The Chelsea (at the Barracks, Roma st)

9/10

Muesli, I love you but you’re fired. Cold weather demands hot, calorific goodness, especially at breakfast. Relatedly, Sunday was fucking cold.

The result:

Roasted tomato, basil, feta, haloumi

Coriander scrambled eggs, cornbread, chorizo, cumin sauce

This was even more awesome than it looks. In fact, it was borderline erotic. The addition of a side of haloumi to the most perfectly herbed roast tomatoes was a masterstroke that you should totally emulate. It had that charcoal-grilled taste, very rare but amazingly well-done (pun not intended). The feta also now haunts my dreams with its soft creaminess. The coriander scrambled eggs with chorizo were a bit more psychedelic, but in a good way – the mix of cumin, coriander and chorizo had me tasting the rainbow and smelling the universe. Although, maybe part of the wonder of the experience was, well, relief…

The slight downside of our visit was how that adjectival cold weather really nailed us. The Barracks is a bit of a wind tunnel and while dining on the street is usually good times, it’s just hit that point where waiting an hour for breakfast is painful unless you’ve brought a good jacket. The wind is strong enough that it made the  heaters useless. I think they were short-staffed too, so things took quite a while to come out. In between my epic breakfast chats and shivering, I failed to notice this:

Yep, a pile of fuzzy warm blankets for diners to use.  Keep an eye out for these.

My recommendation is simple: DO go to this place and receive your sensual breakfast reward, but remember to grab a jacket, and your most interesting friend(s). The wait pays off bigtime; this is quite possibly Brisbane’s best breakfast this side of a Smokey Breakfast Lager.

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2 responses

  1. Dan

    That looks delicious 😀 Now I’m hungry.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  2. Shannan

    Agreed. The carrot jam here is on my best-Brisbane-brekkie list. The wait is a consistent downside and they never seem to be able to effectively manage the queue with people entering from two sides. A weekday visit solves all that!

    May 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

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