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Published September 22nd 2012
What's for breakfast? Eggs, bacon, ETC
Breakfast foods have a special place in my heart (and stomach) so I'm always on the lookout for good places to have breakfast and brunch. A friend recommended me the East Terrace Continental Cafe (hereafter referred to as ETC - because it's too much of a mouthful to keep typing) for their poached eggs and mushrooms. Eager to add to my repertoire of breakfast cafes, a few friends and I headed there one sunny morning.
Located on Rundle St at East Terrace, ETC has a pretty view of the parklands across from it. It's much larger than any cafe I've been to so far; it even boasts a private balcony that you can request to book. The wooden decor and floors give a rustic, homey feel to the place. I like that they write their specials on a big chalkboard attached to the wall; it gives it a personal touch.
The breakfast menu is pretty impressive; the food descriptions had me slowly salivating as I perused it. There are both sweet and savoury breakfasts on the menu; pancakes and fruit salad for those who want a sweeter dish and eggs and bacon for people looking for a heartier breakfast. I was eager to try their poached eggs so I went for their Eggs Benedict.
Two poached eggs rest on top of slices of ham over two toasted English muffins, drizzled generously with Hollandaise sauce. My friend was right; the poached eggs were fantastic. The creamy Hollandaise sauce complemented it so well; everything tasted rich and wonderful.
My friend who was much hungrier than me opted to go for the ETC Works.
This is probably a good dish to order if you're feeling particularly ravenous. Bacon strips, scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, mushrooms, tomato, toast and hash browns make up this dish. It's basically got a little bit of all the other breakfasts offered at ETC. Though the bacon was a bit too salty, the roasted mushrooms and hash brown were amazing. I was surprised that I enjoyed the hash brown so much; made me wish I had ordered one myself.
The menu describes it as a traditional Turkish breakfast: poached eggs float above garlic yogurt with a splash of butter, served with mushrooms and Turkish bread. This probably looked the best of the dishes we ordered and tasted pretty great as well. Once again I feel that the eggs and the mushrooms stole the show.
ETC uses free range eggs in their breakfast foods. I'd come back again, just to try more of their poached egg varieties. I like the quality of the food and the price is not too bad. The only thing that bothered me was the attentiveness of the staff. We had to ask for table water three times before the waitress finally remembered and gave us our water, and this was during a rather quiet morning with only maybe 4 other tables besides us. Still, a pretty great place to go for brunch and breakfast.