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Published April 9th 2018
Basket Brothers is a new bar and eatery to Parramatta, having arrived just a few months ago, and is a hidden gem set in a quiet courtyard with an interesting menu that makes it a stand out place for breakfast, brunch or lunch.
It was for lunch that hubby and I came to discover what was on offer. Recommended to us were the shared boards. There are three to choose from – meat, veggie and lunch. We went with the latter and when it came out it was one of those 'Oh My God' moments. A tower of food was upon us with layers of deliciousness. It looked amazing.
A range of savoury items adorned the board level – chicken wings, Tandoori chicken wraps, chicken and steak sliders, steak strips, steak on a roll, regular chips and sweet potato wedges. A large garden salad in the middle was there for the devouring too. Perched over the top was a delicious looking French Brioche toast with custard, berries, maple syrup and vanilla mascarpone dusted in chocolate, just begging to be eaten.
Our only dilemma was how we going to eat all of this. Well, there was no way we possibly could so we decided to try a bit of everything. All was wonderfully cooked. There was spice in the chicken, crunch in the sweet potato pieces and tenderness in all the meats. The steak strips were an unexpected flavour delight and the salad was beautifully refreshing. The Brioche toast was spellbinding, to say the least, for this sweet toother. At the end, what we couldn't eat was packaged up for us to take home, destined for dinner later.
Just right - these jumbo wings were nicely spiced and non-greasy
The other sharing platters available sound good too. All the items of each one are listed on a large board on the wall. The meat one consists of all-day breakfast items – bacon, chorizo, lamb kofta, smoked ham, mushrooms, spinach, hash brown, roast tomato, eggs, toast with dips and French toast; whilst the veggie platter has grilled halloumi, avocado, mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, falafel, roast tomato, eggs, toast with dips and French toast.
Our tiered masterpiece was suitable for 4 people and comes in at $27 per person. It's great for a catch-up with a group of friends and, for businesses, these platters make great additions to meeting tables.
If you're after something not so huge then individual cafe meals will better appeal and there's plenty to choose from. Menu items include acai goodness with berries, bananas, mixed nuts, chia seeds and coconut; a spiced lamb salad; a smoked salmon wrap; truffled mushrooms with scrambled eggs, spinach and halloumi on sourdough; chickpeas falafel with hummus, slaw and chutney on a bun; various burgers and other pleasures. What I'm going back for is the beef brisket hash. I have wanted to try brisket ever since it got my attention through watching The Big Bang Theory television series. Here at Basket Brothers, the hash consists of beef brisket, potato, carrot, fried egg, wild rocket aioli and jalapeno salsa on sourdough. It sounds tasty.
Another interesting thing they do here is called Brother's Own Lunch where you pick your protein (chicken, salmon, steak or lamb), pick your side (sweet potato, broccoli or beans) and pick your carbs (brown rice, quinoa or couscous). You can bulk it up further with poached egg, feta, green leaf salad and chips. It's a great idea.
For liquid refreshment, you'll find hot and cold drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The brothers love their coffee and use roasters Pablo & Rusty, only the best. You can have your brew filtered, chilled and espresso-style with extra shots, chocolate and syrups in the mix. Teas come in intriguing flavour combinations, like the hibiscus and orange or the lemongrass and ginger. There's also soft drinks, fresh juices, smoothies and over-the-top milkshakes. From the bar, you can obtain beer, wine and cider.
My husband chose a pineapple and mint blend juice ($7.50). He loved it and found it very rejuvenating on this warm day. A card of specials saw me choose a red velvet unicorn milkshake ($12). It was another 'wow' moment when it was brought to the table and a sugar fix with sour lolly strips balancing out some of the sweetness.
A nice, old style glass for the pineapple and mint crush
Our visit was further enhanced with the service of attentive staff and owner Raj (one of three brothers involved in this establishment), all of whom were most amicable and ensured we were well taken care of. I was curious about the name of the eatery and found it came about from their first opening in the city where they started with burgers in baskets. Hence, the name Basket Brothers was born.
Boosting our enjoyment throughout our lunch was the relaxing environment. Inside, the decor is clean and modern with neutral tones, timber panelling and a touch of greenery. We opted to sit outside under an awning that provided a lovely shaded area. Hanging pots and a green wall of climbers had us feeling like we were in a secret garden.