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Au79 Cafe

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by JMBowen (subscribe)
Glutard foodie and adventure seeker.
Published June 26th 2017
Brunch Goes Gold Class
Abbotsford has a new feather in its elegant hat of unique, quality cafes. Au79 is a serious brunch lover's must-go destination. It encompasses everything you really need fresh roasted coffee, a bakery so you get the SMELL of freshly baked bread as well as the delicious bread itself and plants all around you, giving you that wonderful feeling of being close to nature.

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Good as Au79

The venue used to be a motor garage, but you wouldn't know it. The beautiful red brick building seats 200 people across three open seating areas, along with the bakery and roastery, each self-contained and run by talented individuals.

Why the name? It's all about the gold. Au is the chemical symbol for gold and 79 is its atomic number, thus 'Good as AU79' is their motto.

The venue is truly impressive and I love the fact that so much of what you can order has been made on site. I also love the menu. It's a mix of classic brunch and lunch favourites, with some Asian twists.

Breakfast, served all day, is what it's all about here. I struggled to decide where to start, but when in doubt, I go the big brekky. The Au79 Big Breakfast immediately surged to the top of my favourite big brekkies list. The fat hash brown in the middle is surrounded by mushrooms, tomato, spinach, prosciutto wrapped sausage, poached eggs and all topped off with a house-made jus that is jus-t amazing. I don't know what to compare it to. It's gravy without the thickness, a clear, savoury yet slightly sweet sauce that brought out the flavours in everything. Ohh my.

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The Au79 Big Breakfast, my new favourite

My friend went with the Truffled Croque Madame and I only heard happy noises coming from his direction. He also opted for the grilled bacon steak on the side, of course. The toast was large and thick, freshly baked then toasted, filled with truffle and cheese, topped with fried egg.

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The Truffled Croque Madame

Next time, we'll be trying the Belgian Waffle Balls, which the waitress assured us is her absolute favourite and which was carried past enough times for us to feel like we should have ordered it.

This is an exciting, gorgeous venue and well worth the trip and likely, the wait if it's a weekend. While you wait you can have a coffee and a beautiful sweet treat from the front counter, which is exactly how we passed our brief time waiting for a table.

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But first, coffee.

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Why? For the ultimate brunch experience
When: 7am-4pm Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday & Sunday
Where: 27-29 Nicholson St, Abbotsford
Cost: $4-$30 per person
Your Comment
Love the Cafe's name, JM - truly unique idea!
by Elaine (score: 3|7004) 967 days ago
The coffee truly looks brewed in gold. Good work JM :)
by Diana (score: 2|710) 964 days ago
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