Brunch is, arguably, the most important meal of the day. Some might say breakfast, of course, but there's something about early starts that puts me off. I'd much rather wake up late, throw on something comfy and take my time.
Bear Boy Espresso fits perfectly with my philosophy. (If you're an early bird, you'll be well catered to here, by the way). Nestled on the corner of the newly refurbished Colwill Place at Windsor, amid high-end boutiques and other retail outlets, this busy little bear harks originally from Helensvale, and boasts a menu to suit all comers.
A fresh welcoming exterior greets visitors to Bear Boy Espresso. Author image.
There are all the usual options you'd expect, including the Big Bear Benny (Eggs Benedict) with a choice of garlic thyme mushrooms, smoked bacon, pulled pork, or smoked salmon, as well as some up-to-the-minute acai bowls.
My companion had the sweet corn and zucchini fritters served with sizzling bacon, while I let my sweet tooth do the talking, signing up for the mango and coconut hotcakes. If you're in more of a lunch mood, you can pick from a range of alternative options, including the cheeseburger, the Porky Pig (pulled pork with apple slaw, gruyere cheese and dijonnaise on a milk bun) or chicken and waffles. Yes, chicken and waffles.
There's a lot of debate about where the name Bear Boy came from, so let me set the record straight. Founders Brodie and Andrew wanted a name that would suit the stripped-back Scandinavian vibe, so first, they experimented with Bjourn Boy. Realising that Bjourn means bear, they figured that would be a lot easier to spell, pronounce and remember, and did us all a favour by choosing Bear Boy instead. Which lends itself to a lot of grizzly good puns which are sprinkled throughout the cafe too.
Indoor, outdoor and deck seating is available, so feel free to choose depending on your mood and the weather. The coffee is fabulous, but if that's not your thing, then swap it out for a loose-leaf tea, a cold-pressed juice, a smoothie, shake or hot chocolate.