2018 has been an utterly insane year for me, and one that I can only say has been transformative. It’s seen me move somewhat away from this hobby of dining and blogging, and really knuckle down with crazy hours at work. It’s been one where I’ve rediscovered my love of cooking (so lots of nights at home). And personally it’s been one of immense highs (I got married!) and lows (my bestie moved away to Canada).
What that all has added up to has been a lack of time to really relax and do what I do best, eat out. So being in what I’ve now learned is called the gooch week (between Christmas and New Years), and work slowing down during this period, I managed to get some time with my husband Jeremy to head out and about for brunch in Northbridge. The destination – Open by Duotone – which I was invited to come try recently and hadn’t found time until now. Needless to say, cabin fever had set in and I was excited for a meal out with my favourite person.
After going on a long coastal run that morning, Jeremy wanted to order something simple for his meal. After perusing the menu, he chose the miso scrambled Swan Valley free range eggs on sourdough ($12.00) with a cacao smoothie to wash it down.
First things first – we both loved that the dish came with a dressed salad on the side. I love touched like this, it really rounds out what is a simple meal of eggs and toast, and elevates it into a restaurant quality meal.
The miso flavour in the eggs was on point – strong and umami rich. A good spin on a standard order that really showcased Open by Duotone’s approach to breakfast.
I was tossing up between a few dishes (granola, acai bowl, eggs benedict) but decided to ask the owner David for his recommendation. He was quick to suggest the Duotone benedict: made with black and yellow hollandaise on poached eggs, bacon and grilled broccolini, stacked atop of organic sourdough ($21.00).
To accompany I had a mocktail of watermelon juice, coconut water, lemonade and bitters called ‘The Ex’. It was super refreshing and went down a treat!
The breakfast dish came out and looked exactly as the menu suggests. The black hollandaise is really unique in appearance, but didn’t lose anything from its taste which was good to see. It’s a great dish – mainly thanks to the gooey poached eggs, the great quality bacon and of course that broccolini (it’s one of my favourite veggies!). Really yummy, but very filling! I was so stuffed by the time we finished up our brunch in the sunshine courtyard.
All in all, this was the perfect brunch outing to round out a big year. With the sun shining and the weather heating up around us, we took our time to sit back, relax and munch away on the tasty food.
And afterwards, we both came to the consensus that we need to go back for lunch or dinner soon after spying some amazing sounding dishes on the menu. The soft shell crab croissant with wasabi mayo, the strawberry ricotta duck and the miso cha-soba eggplant bowl are just some of them. Oh and the pork rib platter to share between 2-3 people (you can add on a $15 Sapporo pitcher too!) and the korean fried chicken. My mouth is watering just at the thought of it all!