What, exactly, is brunch? Depends on who you ask. According to the Urban Dictionary, it's a combination of breakfast and lunch which is "typically reserved for snobs and biddies who like tea and jam". (Clearly, to come up with such a withering description, someone must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.)
Pose that exact same question to the friendly folks at Willow & Spoon and you'll get a completely different answer. Brunch is, quite naturally, the main event, the best meal of the day, the pièce de résistance, the feast which permits sleep-ins and, in leisurely and civilised fashion, straddles the hours between 7am and 2pm. Frankly, at this little Wilston gem, brunch is whatever you want it to be.
For me, brunch was cured salmon with cute little balls of crumbed ricotta, feta cream, pickled beetroot, lashings of rocket and a sprinkling of passionfruit pearls and salmon roe. Meanwhile, my companion enjoyed free range poached eggs with a side of thick bacon - classic fare except they rev the dish up with relish and a dollop of grape and onion jam.
Willow & Spoon has been a family-run business for the past seven years. A little notation on the menu explains that the owners "like to try new things, experiment with new and quirky recipes and really push the idea of what brunch is meant to be". So keep your eyes peeled for other interesting menu options such as the pumpkin two ways, with chickpea and roast capsicum salsa, mixed leaves, preserved lemon, dried cranberries, cashew cream and a sprinkle of seeds; and the cured pork belly with truffle scrambled eggs, malted barley toast, buttered leek and piquillo mayonnaise.
Vegetarians, vegans and those with special dietary requirements will find plenty to like at Willow & Spoon. Refreshingly, too, there is no smashed avo on toast within cooee of this place - though order avocado with coriander and lime as a side dish if you must.
You can't beat the old classic, bacon and eggs. Author image.