It’s no secret that going out for brunch is a favourite pastime of mine. Good lighting, a good way to start the day and good juice. Yep, that’s the secret to my success. And getting to try new places with my partner Jeremy is an extra treat since our working schedules can be so opposite sometimes that outings become a rarity.
Recently we found ourselves with some free time one Sunday morning so a quick bout of research found us at Nedland’s The Resident, a Hampton’s style cafe with bright whites, pops of timber, greenery and an abundance of natural light streaming in.
The weather was already roasting outside, so we both decided to cool down with some freshly squeezed orange juice. Great to see it came out in a tall glass – I hate little short juices that cost as much as your food (massive pet peeve of mine). It was sweet and tart and super refreshing.
The menu has lots of options to select from – and I had to really try hard not to opt for my normal smashed avo (though it was trying hard to call my name).
In the end, Jeremy chose the beans with chorizo, tomato, poached eggs and seeded toast, while I went for the ambitious and decadent buttermilk pancakes with fried chicken, maple bacon, syrup, chilli and coriander.
Eggs – perfectly poached. It might seem like a mundane callout but you’d be surprised how often I cut into my eggs at cafes with so much expectation only for no yolk to come spilling out. The beans that accompanied them were full of flavour thanks to the addition of the other ingredients and some spices included though I found them a little dry, you really needed the yolky eggs to help with that.
Jeremy called out that he really liked the toast – it had texture and a point of difference in taste which went beyond your normal sourdough side.
My pancakes were really tasty. Soft, but not mushy, they managed to retain their shape despite the pool of syrup around them. The chicken was the real star on the plate though – it was ridiculously crispy on the outside and the inside was super juicy and tender. I could see that being a winner on its own or sandwiched in a burger bun… mmm.
The bacon for me was a bit of a let down. It looked the part, but the use of the maple glaze stopped it from being crunchy – which in my opinion there’s only one way to eat bacon. Crispy, crispy, crispy. With the sweet syrup all around the dish I think they could have just gone with a normal bacon provision.
The dish ended up defeating me, but it was a good one to go out on. You can’t complain about generous serving sizes, especially when it comes to brunch to set you up for the day! The Resident was an enjoyable way to start our Sunday and spend some time together (which may have led to a full belly nap after).