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Easy Like Sunday Morning – Garfish

Sunday brunch. A time for relaxing, often enjoying your first meal of the day at some restaurant or cafe with friends. In this instance, the relaxed atmosphere of Garfish in Crows Next.

However, when toddlers are in tow, there’s a certain degree of anxiety that builds regarding the potential loss of my Utopian notion of an easy, stress-free start to a relaxed day. Whether it by temper tantrum, an outburst of crying, or the incessant craving for attention.

Anxiety. The last thing I wanted for a chilled-out Sunday brunch.

To my considerable surprise, my anxiety was put to rest rather quickly and rather effectively by little more than a set of colouring pencils and some paper, provided by the friendly staff at Garfish. I was rather impressed by their service, to say the least.

It’s amazing, the capacity and ease that simple stationery has on keeping a toddler sufficiently entertained, at least for the duration of a Sunday brunch.

Speaking of brunch…

Mushroom Omelette ($15), which is served with a rocket and parmesan salad, along with a couple of pieces of wholegrain toast with butter.

From what I was told, for what it’s worth, it was rather nice.

The Garfish Breakfast ($18) is this restaurant’s version of a typical big breakfast. Eggs the way you want them, bacon, sausage (in this case chorizo), mushrooms, tomatoes, ciabatta toast and relish.

When asked for a verdict, the response I received was a shrug of the shoulders with a mumbled, nonchalant “it’s ok”. Take that however you will.

Belgian Waffles with Bacon & Maple Syrup ($14). Having been enamoured with the combination of bacon and maple syrup on a number of occasions in the past, this was a must get item!

Now that I’ve had the benefit of hindsight, I no longer consider this a must get. Actually, I was rather disappointed with it.

For my $14, what I’d gotten were two tiny waffles (about the size of a medium sized cookie) that were dense, chewy, somewhat doughy and not at all crispy; as well as two rashers of bacon that were dry, likewise chewy and not crispy, and served at room temperature. To say that I felt cheated was something of an understatement.

The Latte ($3.30) made up for it somewhat, as it was pretty nice. Not all that strong, but all I cared for was the caffeinated buzz, which was certainly there.

I’m not sure if I would be back here for brunch with my single friends. However, if kids are in tow, it will certainly be a consideration, as those pencils served as an effective toddler neutralising tool.

A free parking station very close to the restaurant also makes this venue rather attractive. Especially, when you consider the costs and hassles of parking at brunch venues in the CBD.

All in all, despite my earlier anxieties, having brunch with a toddler at Garfish was easy like Sunday morning. As it should be.

Garfish (Crows Nest)
6/29 Holtermann Street, Crows Nest
(02) 9966 0445
Mon-Sat: 8:00am – 10:00pm; Sun: 9:00am – 9:30pm

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  • Maria June 17, 2010, 6:08 am

    Nice one! I’ve been meaning to try this out! The omelette looks so good…

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:53 pm

      I did indeed. Kinda wished I went with that in hindsight.

  • Betty @ The Hungry Girl June 17, 2010, 8:34 am

    Hey, I love crayons too! haha. I love the idea of the waffles, bacon & maple syrup – too bad it didnt live up to expectations. You could probably try making it at home :)

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:52 pm

      No waffle iron at home, unfortunately. Will just have to keep searching…

  • Laura (Starloz) June 17, 2010, 11:26 am

    Woah, these eggs look delicious & I love the shot of the street. it looks like summer, beautiful.

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:51 pm

      Went there in Autumn so not surprised that it gave that impression.

  • Sonia June 17, 2010, 12:31 pm

    The spicy chorizos were very ‘mincey’, which some people prefer. I like it when they cut clean. It was a good meal and yes, I recall the service being rather good. Doesn’t come across as particularly family friendly dining at first glance, but that assumption was soon proven wrong. Good atmosphere, good company and a great Sunday brunch.

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:50 pm

      Thanks for the comment. Totally agree!

  • Trissa June 17, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I love places that are kid friendly – I can imagine those coloured pencils could also work for me!

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:49 pm

      I love places that make kids docile :)

  • chocolatesuze June 17, 2010, 5:09 pm

    mmm bacon… eggs… waffles… i love breakfast foods! best meal of the day!

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:18 pm

      bacon, eggs, waffles. that’s given be an idea…

  • Mark @ Cafe Campana June 17, 2010, 9:25 pm

    Yay colouring pencils! I am not sure if I like the idea of salad with fried bacon but the Garfish breakfast looks good to me.

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:16 pm

      wh-wh-what? Fried bacon goes with everything. Even fried bacon! :)

  • billy@a table for two June 17, 2010, 9:43 pm

    Yummm meaning to try this resto. Heard good things about their seafood.

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:16 pm

      Same. I wonder if they serve garfish at Garfish…?

  • Moya June 17, 2010, 10:03 pm

    I always love it when someone else makes breakfast!

  • FFichiban June 17, 2010, 11:40 pm

    Ahh Garfish is awesommesss but never tried their brekkie. The bacon does look a bit disappointing, but pity about the waffles

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:13 pm

      So I hear but it’s always regarding their seafood. Do want to try it out sometime.

  • OohLookBel June 18, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Now I’ve got that song in my head (…easy like Sunday morning…). I suppose you could take the toddlers and some paper and crayons to a cafe that serves decent waffles and bacon next time :)

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:10 pm

      May as well make them at home if I wanted to go through that much effort :)

  • Thang - Noodlies.com June 20, 2010, 8:26 am

    Hey Simon, it’s pretty popular, our publishing friend from Allen & Unwin nearby always takes us there.

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:10 pm

      Wouldn’t mind checking it out for their seafood at lunch or dinner. I hear that’s where the real magic is.

  • Ellie (Almost Bourdain) June 20, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Haven’t been to garfish for breakfast. Love that they provdie something to do with the kids! My kind of place.

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:09 pm

      I love that they provided it without any prompting. Like it was a part of their standard operating procedure.

  • Amy @ cookbookmaniac June 20, 2010, 5:41 pm

    waffles, bacon & maple syrup! that’s enough to make me grin like a spoilt child. too bad the waffles were the size of a cracker. I love a good coffee. must keep this place in my next time I am in the area.

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:08 pm

      Not quite that small but I did think “where’s the rest of it?”.

  • Anita June 23, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Great photos – and awesome breakfasts. I want one now, even though it’s bed time…

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 12:08 pm

      Thanks! Bed time has never been a barrier for breakfast foods :)

  • mademoiselle délicieuse June 28, 2010, 12:02 am

    I’ve only had dinner here and at their Kirribili restaurant. Never thought to try breakfast actually…

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