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Breakfast Buffet at Manly Deck

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Published May 7th 2014
Is this Brisbane's cheapest breakfast buffet?
I love a good buffet. I also love breakfast. So when I was invited to review the breakfast buffet at the Manly Deck, it seemed like a dream come true.

The Manly Deck is a bar and restaurant located smack bang in the middle of Cambridge Parade in picturesque Manly. It is perfectly located as a coffee and breakfast stop off for the market-goers, families and boaters who descend upon the waterfront every weekend.

Their Buffet Breakfast is open for business on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8.30am until 11.00am. The last time I went to the Manly Deck was on a Sunday morning and it was standing room only. This time, on a Saturday, it was nearly empty and my party grabbed the best table out on the deck. From my seat, I could see over the rooftops to the bay and the islands.

Manly Deck Buffet Breakfast
Image courtesy of the Manly Deck

When it comes to buffets, I have three criteria:

Price
Variety
Quality

At the Manly Deck, the price gets a big tick from me only $12 for a hot and cold buffet. The variety is good too. You've got your traditional options cereal, toast, juice, fruit and all your favourites as well bacon, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, sausages. There's also a few surprises, such as corn fritters and a homemade tomato relish. You've got all the fixings to make yourself a big breakfast or eggs Benedict, or you can just load your plate up.

At such a low price point, you'd think that the quality would be suffering, but happily, it wasn't. Everything was tasty and fresh well, as fresh as a buffet can possibly be. There were a couple of standouts for me. The corn fritters were incredible, light and fluffy and made from fresh, supersweet corn, and the hollandaise sauce... to quote Homer Simpson, I could have had a bowlful of it by itself. I usually find hollandaise a little too vinegar-y but this was smooth and creamy, the way a hollandaise sauce should be. I would return for either of those items alone.

Manly Deck Buffet Breakfast
Image courtesy of the Manly Deck


Manly Deck Buffet Breakfast
Image courtesy of the Manly Deck

The service was good, a nice compromise between being attended to and being bothered. My only complaint is that the coffee included in the buffet is the instant kind so if you want a proper coffee, you need to order and pay for it separately. It's well worth it, as their flat whites are very, very good.

For a cheap and tasty start to your day, you'll be hard pressed to find a better deal than the Manly Deck.

*Carly Ogborne was invited as a guest
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Why? Possibly the cheapest buffet breakfast in town
When: Saturday and Sunday morning
Where: Manly Deck, Cambridge Parade, Manly
Cost: $12
Your Comment
Sounds like a great deal. Is it an all you can eat buffet, or just one plateful. The price is superb if it is all you can eat.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12247) 1781 days ago
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