It can be difficult getting together with the people that matter to you these days. Coffee dates with a friend can be easy to arrange but when more people are thrown into the mix then there are just too many scheduling factors to contend with. Add to that the busy period of the year known as Christmas/New Year and you will end up with a lot of phone calls, SMS messages and emails flying every way possible and not a single confirmed date or time where everyone can attend.
This is how Wifey, Mistress and I ended up lunching at Ripples at Milsons Point together. Batman was unable to join us as she wasn’t feeling well and it was a bit of a strange overcast day to say the least. It did fine up later on to a baking, humid sort of heat replete with glary sunshine but none of this was to dampen our spirits as it had been too long between gatherings.
We arrive at around 10:30am and join the queue of patrons waiting for tables as we’ve been told no reservations are taken for their breakfast session. However we’re soon offered a seat along the stone edging and are protected from any glare by the plastic shade sheets. I order a skim flat white as per usual and although it tastes fine, the milk foam on top is artless which is most unusual in Sydney these days. Mistress goes for a sweet breakfast option of ‘Apple hotcakes with rhubarb compote and cinnamon crème fraîche’. The hotcakes are light and fluffy and the cinnamon crème fraîche is a most fragrant addition.
Wifey and I pretty much order the same thing with she having the ‘Salmon Benedict’ and I the ‘Eggs Benedict’. The only difference between the two is that hers comes with smoked salmon and mine comes with the traditional ham. Each of these breakfasts features beautifully poached eggs and lusciously thick Hollandaise on toasted English muffins. Wifey and Mistress both comment that they detect a watery taste about the eggs whereas I don’t, even after taste-testing both plates.
Attracting the waitstaff’s attention for service was a little difficult but once orders were taken the kitchen was efficient with the food. Presumably waitstaff were a bit distracted as there appeared to be a lunch function for which they were preparing, and we overheard a manager-type person turning people away for lunch service a little later on.
Olympic Drive (cnr Alfred St South), Milsons Point NSW
Tel: (02) 9929 7722
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-11am (breakfast)
Sat & Sun 7:30am-11am (breakfast)