Cross Eatery emits the seasonal produce, healthy vibe more at home in the Inner West. Long tables are a safe-place for a food-loving finance professional – sip a 3/4 latte, munch a breakfast salad whilst after taking iPhone egg-yolk shots. Try this in Martin Place and you’ll be arrested.
Sydney now boasts a sophisticated brunch at mid-range pricing in an office perimeter. Historically, this is why Melbourne exists. Bowery Lane is no longer my inner-city pick.
Owner Marcelo is the white knight fighting an epic battle against against exorbitant rents and the insulting palates of white-collar food criminals. Every day, the offenders choke down buttered toast alongside a double-shot espresso.
One choice combines three fabulous words – Truffle. Baked. Eggs. It’s a dream to be realised next time. Breakfast salad bowl is a good base but too light. These add-ons have flare:
– Avo plus chilli salt. Creaminess, saltiness with kick.
– 63 degrees egg. My imaginative envelope bulges but I order a 2nd.
– Feather and Bone Ham. Freshly sliced and in theory, one putting Aldi ham to shame.
Similar to a Bunning DIY shop; basket price starts to climb but guilt-level does not. For example, these clever additions needed funding from my lunch money.
Feather and Bone Ham and Avacado with Chilli Salt – $6 + $5
Instantly smitten with this platter and so are the ladies struggling with eggs on toast nearby. I’m not sharing.
Breakfast Salad with Ham, Avo and Poached Egg – $12 + $6 + $5 + $3.50
Sobered by the price, but drunk on my own drooling. Thumbs up to moist ham, clearly fresh. Aldi pigs now have one less predator to worry about.
Add a 2nd egg. Critical. The slow poaching gives that luxurious, creamy texture. Complexity of salad excites my teeth. I learn radicchio is a crunchy leaf, not a Brazilian soccer player.
Companion can’t stop singing praise and almost forgets the best part. The yolk.
Thanks to what remains of Mr Hog, I’m full. My joy is short-lived thanks to an on-tap Kumbucha.
Kumbucha on tap – $10
First I’ve ever heard of Kumbucha and apparently it’s more than a fizzy cordial. Winter sore-throat is now cleansed from this chilled hit of ginger and tumeric. Refreshing, notwithstanding my ignorance over the meaning of probiotic.
Mid $20s per head can be remorseful, yet highly forgiven in the finance district:
– Food (♦♦♦♦) – clean, sophisticated flavours. Reminiscent of Cornersmith.
– Value (♦♦♦) – low teens budget equals hunger plus missed opportunity.
– Other (♦♦♦♦) – owner’s a nice guy and a champion for my kind.
– Overall (♦♦♦♦) – yep, a go-to CBD pick for health-focused individuals.
Will I be returning?