Review: Breakfast at Vicinity Dining & Bar (Alexandria)

Vicinity Dining & Bar wants to show that they’re not just about the dining and the drinking but that they also offer great breakfast options for who live or work in the area. The breakfast menu was designed by Renae Smith, Masterchef contestant 2014.

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Vicinity: Renae Smith

The brand new menu caters to the healthy eater, whatever your idea of healthy is (vegan, vegetarian, or the gluten-free meat & veg type like me). Freshness is emphasized, as well as quality of ingredients. That’s why Vicinity has partnered-up with brands like Pepe Saya, CoYo, The Protein Bread and Charlie’s balls whose representatives attended the launch.

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On to the food. There was toast with Pepe Saya butter (including toasted Protein Bread, which is gluten-free), the good old bacon and egg rolls revamped with home-made maple bacon and tomato relish, African baked beans, big breakfast (eggs, haloumi, herb-roasted tomato, mushrooms, onion jam and bacon) and salmon stack with sourdough toast as the base for herbed crème fraiche, smoked salmon, crispy capers and lemon myrtle salt.

Vicinity: The spread

Vicinity: Bread

Bread

Vicinity: Bacon and egg roll

Bacon and egg roll

Vicinity: Pepe Saya butter, African baked beans, toast

Pepe Saya butter, African baked beans, toast

Vicinity: Big breakfast

Big breakfast

Vicinity: Salmon stack

Salmon stack

For those who prefer a sweet start of the day there was super bircher (wholegrain oats, black chia seeds, activated almonds and flaked coconut soaked in pure coconut water and topped with CoYo coconut yoghurt or Greek yoghurt, vanilla bean and fresh berries), fruit salad served with CoYo or Greek yoghurt and a drizzle of maple syrup, and French toast also revamped with Pepe Saya buttermilk in the batter and topped with seasonal fruits, berry compote and vanilla bean Pepe Saya crème fraiche. Not as regular menu items but present on the day were the great Charlie’s balls and cakes by Black Poison.

Vicinity: Super bircher, fruit salad

Super bircher, fruit salad

Vicinity: French toast

French toast

Vicinity: Cakes

Black Poison cakes

Vicinity: Charlie's balls

Vicinity: Charlie's Balls

Charlie’s balls

My favourite dish was the big breakfast (great bacon!), as well as the protein bread (both the regular and the date and walnut loaf, which was not too sweet) of course with a generous amount of Pepe Saya butter on top. Charlie’s balls were great, too, and I hope to see gluten-free French toast one day in the menu.

Gaby @ lateraleating attended the breakfast launch as a guest of Vicinity Dining & Bar.

Vicinity Dining & Bar
90-96 Bourke Road
Alexandria NSW 2015
(02) 9002 1333
www.vicinitysydney.com.au

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