It can be hard to find a new good place for breakfast in my area, I have been to all the cafes in my area, so, I decided to leave the proverbial bubble and see what the surrounding areas held. I stumbled across Kafe Neo on Zomato and liked the look of their food so thought I'd try it out. The drive was only 20 minutes from my area (East Sydney) and it was nice to leave the proverbial bubbles.
Despite being on Rocky Point Road (a big main road), there was little to no traffic on the weekend. We arrived at 10.30am and the place was heaving (another good sign whenever going anywhere!) But fortunately managed to find a lovely table nestled next to the window. The menu has all your standard options at reasonable breakfast prices $12-18 for a cooked breakfast.
Make sure you check out the specials board. When we went there was a smashed avo, feta, poached egg, roast cherry and bacon option (which I had); a scrambled eggs with caramelised leeks and bacon; and a poached egg on toast with avocado and halloumi. But looking on their social media, their specials often features pancakes or french toast too.
The coffee they use is Campos and made perfectly. Interestingly, they make their coffee on a La Marzocco machine which is usually preferred by Allpress, but that's purely academic. My partner's soy milk wasn't burnt, which sounds simple, but is often not the case so does, in fact, earn a mention as a big tick! We decided to share a Nutella milkshake, as neither of us was brave enough to face one on our own! Needless to say, it was delicious, but definitely rich enough to share with the thick schmears of Nutella coating the jar.
I had the Smashed Avo special, which was nice and a good combination of flavours. They know how to do crispy bacon properly (or at least in my humble opinion!) my only comment would be the avo was a smidge on the thin side, when I'm paying $17/18 for "smashed avo" I want at least half an avo per piece of bread. But, otherwise was very nice, the eggs were perfectly soft and feta was nice and with the bacon added a good saltiness. This was offset perfectly by the little roast cherry tomatoes which provided little bursts of sweetness .
My fiance had the eggs benedict, which was made correctly with a toasted English muffin, baby spinach, ham, poached egg and hollandaise. Again, this seems obvious, but the number of people who mess with a classic and get it wrong is astounding! I naturally had to try it and it was a good dish. I'm personally not a fan of hollandaise, I don't like the idea of egg sauce on eggs but that's just me!
Overall an excellent breakfast! Service was efficient, attentive and friendly. It's not often I get away with less than $50 for brunch nowadays so this was a treat. I will definitely be back and I'll start to explore more new places outside of my immediate vicinity!