|Today’s two dishes – breakfast rice (left) and brown rice congee (right)|
Quality is consistent, the attraction the same; hearty, decent value, impossible to replicate.
A 30km run in the adjacent Centennial Park was not marathon preparation. This was pre-brunch training. Proof below.
|Sunday long-run per the Tom Tom Sports Watch|
3 stomachs to feed but only two mouths. I simply couldn’t deny myself the pumpkin congee again. The legendary creamed corn fregola is for next time.
|Malted brown rice congee with mushroom, pumpkin and a poached egg – $18|
There’s no denying why I get up in the morning…. that butter-soft pumpkin lava. First spoon takes 45s to (spiritually) digest, then the rest is inhaled in 3 minutes. Poor pacing effort. I’ve got yolk-critique fatigue from 6 months of brunches…
This really is a go-to fine-dining winter choice. Not quite a 10/10, but close.
Dish two is another winter special; brown rice but in a completely different setting.
|Breakfast rice with vanilla, almonds and poached pear – $14|
Very simply a love child between cinnamon porridge and Asian rice pudding. Creamy, curiously chewy and I’d like 2x the crunchy toasted almonds. So thick the texture is vertically self-standing. A good thing.
|Garnish of toasted flaked almonds and poached pear|
Feels like a premium dish, yet these are known flavour combos. Can never say no to a poached pear for breakfast or dessert. Not-too-adventurous, but still 8.5/10 because of the lower $14 price.
|Side shot of the Breakfast Rice|
Heard of a piccolo flat white? I haven’t but the serving size was so small it must be a new ‘thing‘. Fail.
|Skim flat white – $4.00|
One more shot highlighting a 9/10 Sunday winter brunch.
|Birds eye view of breakfast rice and brown rice congee|
After that first spoonful, the missus and I closed our eyes and tilted the head back. Similar to intoxication, albeit without the hangover.
Overall, the 1 hour sit-down cost $32 (ex-coffee) but the ensuing happiness was far in excess. The proof is below.
|Positive review, thus OK to show my face|
Pinbone Sunday brunch is a must. Also try some pre-meal exercise; food becomes 20% tastier.