Brunch at The Pump, healthy or naughty, the standard of content and presentation is high. No scrimping on portions. The alfresco dining has expanded and been partially enclosed, creating a relaxing ambience.
What's for brunch? Croissant toasted to perfection; no cold ham here and tasty melted cheese. The bacon is always crispy and the service is always warm and brisk. Scrumptious corn fritters or another selection from the cabinet, or from the chef, try Eggs on Turkish Toast for $10. The Pump Brekky of bacon, egg, tomato, mushrooms, hasbrown on Turkish Toast will fill the hole. Dukkah Eggs are topped with lemon zest, feta and dukkah for $13. Heading up in price a bit more, the Big Breakfast is similar to the Pump Brekky, but add tender rib fillet steak and pork sausage. Eggs Benny is available of course, plus omelette and sides like avocado, roasted pumpkin and balsamic.
Something from the savoury cabinet or from chef?
Merlo coffee is strong, but not overpowering or bitter. They don't scrimp on the chocolate topping on your creamy cappuccino. Favourites include latte, hot chocolate, chai latte, mocha, short black and piccolo. Extra shots are available, plus almond milk, Zymil milk, soy milk, cream on the side, Irish Cream and other syrup shots. Bigger than a mug, the large coffees are around $1 more.
Tea is flavoursome from Elmstock in English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Ceylon Long Leaf, Lemongrass & Ginger, Chamomile Soother, Peppermint Refresh, Cinnamon Orange and more. Real value; two-cup pot for $4.50.
Indulge your sweet tooth instead, delicious cabinet selections.
For extra leisure time with friends, you can stay to browse the store's wares. Amongst them are colourful scarves, posh handbags, glitzy shoes and lovely gifts. The gourmet deli provides many tantalizing taste options.
Watch out, as windy hill (aka Toowoomba) blows your napkin off, outside. It's worth it for the views of historic Russell Street. If you're around early enough (6:55am) for breakfast on a Sunday (from 7am), the church bells peal out from the St James Anglican Church on Mort St. Across the road is a unique 1912 building, the Taylor Memorial Institute. Sporting a gorgeous new terracotta tiled roof, the institute is topped by an intriguing, curved capping piece.
The drive-through is popular and fast if you'd rather hit the road with your caffeine hit. If you're addicted to shopping, there's also the Wray Organic Market and Café across the street.
Trip Advisor gives five stars to The Pump, Russell St. Scrumptious brunch, brekky or lunch, alfresco with history or inside with lots of shopping and upbeat music. A short walk from Grand Central shopping centre. There are two other branches at South Toowoomba and Wyalla Plaza, Newtown.
Historic St James Anglican Church and the Taylor Memorial Institute.