Aside from it’s awesome name, Brewtown has been on my list for one main reason; cronuts. For those of you who have been living under a rock, cronuts are a hybrid of croissants and donuts for a deliciously, buttery, sugary sweet. So on a rainy Saturday morning, we headed to Newtown for a breakfast and cronut feast.
Brewtown is nestled just off King Street in Newtown, taking on an industrial open space with a cute merchant store and bakery upstairs. The space itself is really open, fitted with dark woods and industrial lighting giving it a warehouse feel. Planning to turn up at 8:30 in the morning definitely did not help avoiding the queue, with an easy 30 minute wait ahead of us. I do have to say the waitress that takes down names is not the most competent, seating people that arrived after us on tables that she could have easily given to us. So some serious points off for that!
We were finally seated and ready to get ourselves stuck into some breakfast. We started off with the Baked Polenta with Poached Eggs, Meredith Goats Cheese, Walnuts, Roast Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce ($15). This dish was one word; amazing. First off the polenta was so crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. The eggs were poached to perfection. The goats cheese was seriously out of this world, not like any Meredith goats cheese I’ve ever bought! Two of us ordered this dish, and everyone else at the table was seriously envying us. I’ll definitely be back for this one.
Next up was Scrambled Eggs with Avocado and the House Relish ($14). The scrambled eggs here were recommended to me by a number of people, and I would definitely agree. Now generally I’m not the biggest fan of scrambled eggs. Something about the mix of eggs with cream freaks me out. But these were delicious, with a lot of more egg to cream ratio than usual. And the house relish was delicious, with a tartness that perfectly added to the creaminess of the avocado.
Another custom dish, we opted for the Poached Eggs on Toast with Hash Browns and House Relish ($14). Again the eggs were poached to perfection, and the relish was slow-cooked and delicious. But the real story here is those hash browns. Wow. Instead of being mashed or finely sliced, the potatoes were thickly grated, more like a delicious rosti than the usual boring hash brown. A serious winner for Brewtown! We also ordered the Belgian Waffles ($16), but a greedy little friend gobbled them down before I could have a try so obviously they were great too!
Now more importantly, onto the cronuts (who doesn’t love a little dessert after breakfast)! This sexy little number was the Lychee and Rose Cronut ($6) topped with Rose Custard and Fresh Lychees. This was a serious dessert, definitely to be shared with friends. The winning combo of lychee and rose definitely sold me, and this custard was pure perfection.
And I’m surprised to say that despite the sexy looking Lychee cronut, I absolutely fell in love with this understated little cutie; the Lemon Myrtle Cronut ($5). The flavours of this badboy were not too sweet, the perfect end to a breakfast. I gobbled this one up way too fast, I feel a sneaky drive by after uni this week..
So there’s my review of the ever-popular Brewtown. Despite a little rocky start with the service, I will 100% be heading back to this sexy café (nothing will keep me away from that polenta). Maybe next time I’ll make it a weekday. X
6-8 O’Connell Street
Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am-4pm