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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Rendezvous Cafe, Burwood

Eating breakfast out always poses a menu dilemma for me: do I follow my head and choose savoury, or do I go with my heart and wallow in sweet?

The easy, of course, is to do both, and that's where a little covert activity in tactical menu negotiation always comes in handy!

Our rendezvous took place at, funnily enough, Rendezvous, at Burwood Westfield Shoppingtown, in Sydney's inner west. It's your typical trendy suburban cafe in ubiquitous shades of chocolate brown interspersed with splashes of chrome.

Super breakfast from Rendezvous Cafe
Super breakfast $13.90
Bacon, sausages, fried eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, fries and toast (scrambled or poached eggs 50c extra)

I’ve conned my way into half a share of the Super Breakfast-- a trucker’s delight of fat-drenched protein. The sausage is standard issue, although thoughtfully sliced in half lengthways for extra browning purposes. There's bacon aplenty: a couple of meaty mid-pieces and several streaky rashers fried to a satisfying crisp.

We pass on the fries (for breakfast?) and opt for extra toast instead, although the automatic slathering of greasy butter on our bread probably has the same fat content as any bucket of deep-fried potato sticks. The extra toast is perfect, however, for dipping into the sunny runny yolks of our glossy fried eggs, and the cholesterol blow-out is surely kept in check by the grilled tomato and the scoop of B12-packed mushrooms cooked in… ah, yes, more artery-clogging butter.

Pancakes with banana, walnuts and ice cream
Pancakes with banana, walnuts and ice cream $8.90

We move onto pancakes, topped with chunks of banana and toasted walnuts. The pancakes look and taste the biz, soft and fluffy with a pleasing sun-drenched complexion of Bondi golden brown.

It's a simple pairing but deliciously ingenious nonetheless - the smooth creaminess of the banana is a perfect foil for the slight bitter crunch of the walnuts. To sweeten the deal there's a drizzle of syrup, a light dusting of icing sugar and a scoop of sugary ice cream on the side as well.

The head and the heart are often engaged in battle, but the two-course breakfast is surely the simplest way to satisfy them both.

Rendezvous Cafe
Shop 358, Level 2
Westfield Burwood
100 Burwood Road, Burwood, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9745 1712

Breakfast served all day.
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posted by Anonymous on 2/19/2006 11:20:00 pm


  • At 2/20/2006 3:56 am, Blogger Mona said…

    What an awesome looking breakfast. I always have the same problem, and Swimster and I end up sharing a nice big order of pancakes down the middle to appease our sweet tooth. Wishin I could have enjoyed a meal like that this morning:) Great pictures!

  • At 2/20/2006 7:43 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Breakfast serve all day..???!!?? wow..!! i would definitely love this place..alot more now. :)

  • At 2/21/2006 3:56 pm, Blogger Reb said…

    Man, that's a hand-to-hand-combat breakie! I can feel my arteries hardening as I read it, but it's all worth it :O)

  • At 2/22/2006 5:20 pm, Blogger rlf said…

    Hello, if i would go for a breakfast like this, all i need for lunch is a cup of tea or coffee and snacks. Yummmm!


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