After five days in the week where I have to have my Special K or my my microwaved oats at my work desk I feel as though I have weekend breakfasts down to a sport. Its the one thing I know I will be up out of bed for, no questions asked. The hardest thing aside from being up before lunch is finding a place to go - the difficulty level in making quick decisions increase immensely when you are either A. hungry or B. hungover. I'd say that from past experiences I am often more hungry than hungover but they both indeed go hand in hand.
Lucky for me Demos has a full page dedicated in his black moleskine planner of "Places to go to when we are too ______ to decide." The other half is borderline OCD kind of organised. Revolver Cafe in the leafy suburb of Annandale had remained un-ticked on that list for far too long.
We arrived just after 9:00 am and there was already a line for larger tables and lucky for us we were seated without much of a wait. I order my English breakfast Tea and I smile from ear to ear when it arrives. I felt so prim and proper, and its amazing how a dainty cup and saucer makes you sit up straight and brush the crumbs out of your shirt. I aquaint myself with my colourful china set and a clear glass teapot where the tea leaves infuse from a cylinder in the center. Now this puts a smile on my face as its a nice change from the bleak white ikea mugs I have at my desk each weekday. A touch of fabulousness in the morning never goes astray.
And now for something MANLY. No fine china for Demos - before him arrives his Revolver Big Brekkie - with two eggs, roasted tomatoes and mushroons, honey cured bacon, pork fennel sausages and some delicious sonoma sourdough toast ($16) And as you can see, its served in an iron pan. Come on, if you were given a choice to eat your breakfast straight off the pan, you know you would!
Revolver only serves free range eggs and meats on their menu - "Do what you love and love what you do" is their mantra and there is lots to love about this breakfast dish. You get lots of great quality and lean bacon, and the sausage is full of flavour. The roasted mushrooms and tomatoes ease the guilt of having such a meaty meal, and the crunchy toast just soaks up all the juices on the pan or the chimichuri type sauce on the side.
We go by the sweet/savoury rule at breakfastime where if one orders a sweet meal the other has to get a savory breakfast. Here at The Empty Fridge we are all about eating strategies to cover all bases. Ricotta hotcakes with a berry compote and maple syrup was my pick ($13.50). Heavenly. Fluffy, not sickenly sweet and when you cut into it, a big burst of steam puffs up. A perfect dish for the cold months. They were very generous with the compote topping, and I couldn't even finish my tarty beries on my picture perfect plate.
The atmosphere is great at Revolver, its a cosy yet bustling little spot. The staff are friendly and fun which is what you really want on a lazy morning when your other half is going through a contingency plan for when Zombies attack (told you he was over organised) Apparently, the first thing to do is fill you bathtub with water because if you get holed up at your home and the water supply gets cut off by zombies....
My teapot actually came with a timer and I was told that I had to wait until time was up to serve my tea. This gives the tea leaves the right of time to infuse. And how awesome are the art deco salt and pepper shakers?
Fact. Tea time and Breakfast time is better with beautiful china. And it's not all posh here too - there is nothing on the menu that is over $16. The menu has a great breakfast selection. I'd like to go back for the Veggie Big Breakfast (served in a pan too) and also try the sumac cured bacon with eggs.
The breakfast here is definitely something we will be returning to for a delicious, non pretentious and hearty breakfast. The Empty Fridge dish of the day has to be the Revolver Big Breakfast - it hits the right spot and it is a "big breakfast" that does not make you feel seedy and drowns you in cooking oil. The produce and the dishes served at Revolver are top notch, and not to mention a pretty damn cool place.