And just about every other international breakfast from congee to chorizo. In my totally biased and subjective opinion: Australian cafes offer the best breakfast experience in the world. I’ve been around the globe and enjoyed many a brekkie from French croissants to Italian taleggio cheese and salami ciabatta’s and Japanese onigiri. All of these are great but I’ve often been left wanting more. Many people think that Australia doesn’t have a national cuisine and they’re absolutely right. What we do have is the best breakfast culture that can be enjoyed on all days of the week from Maverick Monday to Sleepy Sunday at our local cafes. So, in no particular order, here are my reasons as to why Australian breakfasts are simply the best:
Now I know I started this blog by calling out certain international items as being inferior to the sum of Australian breakfasts. However, Aussie cafes do a smashing job of mixing a range of international foods together from ingredients you wouldn’t normally dream of combining. This can include: Korean kimchi with poached eggs and chorizo, truffled mushroom ragu, congee with pork, bacon and avocado or brown rice porridge with maple syrup and pears. For you the ingredients may not sound like a match made in heaven but Aussie cafes have successfully fused Asian and European food to create an experimental and excellent breakfast experience that is loved by their customers.
Is anyone surprised by this reason? It may not sound impressive but to Australians smashed avocado is practically a part of our identity now. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of having smashed avo on toast then you’re really missing out. By simply introducing a avocado to a piece of toast you’ve made a party and anything else added is simply making the experience inside your mouth more memorable. Take your feta, smoked salmon, poached eggs, tomatoes, bacon, or all of the above and you can just about elevate your taste buds to heaven. It also helps that avocados are healthy. For any Instagram enthusiasts it makes for excellent promotion as well. If this simple food has not been a part of your brekkie then you owe it to yourself to give it a go to understand why we Australians love our smashed avo on toast.
It is my humble opinion that Australian coffee is amazing. Actually, it’s the best in the world. We may not have a national cuisine but we do have a national all-day beverage. Growing up in Australia has meant that for many of us locals we don’t realise how lucky we are to have coffee as good as it is here. With baristas being able to churn out amazing cappuccinos, flat whites, long blacks, espressos and the hipster ristrettos it means that everyone’s happy… unless it’s cold and the espresso beans have been replaced with decaf.
Options, Options and Options
Just so we’re on the same page, when I write a “range of options” I don’t mean a menu bursting with a ridiculously large number of breakfast choices. What I’m referring to is the range of different café experiences that are offered in Australia. From your traditional eggs on toast at your local café to acai bowls from your Bare Naked Bowls to your really intriguing venues with peanut butter coming straight out of a tap from the Peanut Butter Bar, there’s variety for everyone.
They’re Spreading like Vegemite on Toast
Australia’s not the only country to enjoy our café culture. Turns out that our cafes in New York have been doing very well and the locals are enjoying more than just the smashed avo and flat white experience. Take the Two Hands café in New York. The owners, Giles Russell and Henry Roberts had a vision for making their mark in New York: They wanted to introduce Australian coffee to New York whilst also creating a sense of community that was unique to Aussie cafes. They’ve been able to grow their business successfully. Another café owner, Nick Stone the founder and chief executive of Bluestone Lane in New York, realised that what Aussie cafes offered is a chance for us to “disconnect” from our issues and allowed us to reconnect with people. This is what makes Aussie cafes and their breakfast culture unique is that it offers an excellent meeting point for people to come together and to create a sense of community.