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It’s 7am on a Sunday morning and my alarm is going off. (Insert preferred expletives here.)
It’s early. Extra early if you take into consideration Sunday standards of general laziness. But there is the promise of good food, copious amounts of it, and good company – what better way to start a Sunday morning! Some of us even choose to start the day with a bloody Mary. As you do...
At only $25 per person, our epic breakfast feast begins with a range of sizeable sweet dishes: Warm rice pudding, saffron poached pear, cinnamon & hazelnut; Date & banana porridge; Sweet couscous with nuts & dried fruits; and ‘Stewed rhubarb, milk, brown sugar & cardamom milk’ as condiments to accompany the lot. The eight of us pace ourselves with these and hardly make a dent into them. Personally I’m more a fan of savoury food for breakfast so I was definitely keeping in mind to conserve precious stomach space for what was to come.
And then it all gets a bit hectic with the arrival of two tagines – one of ‘Lamb mince, sucuk, feta, spinach, roast capsicum, caramelised onion, roast tomato, eggs’ (top left), another of ‘Pumpkin, feta, spinach, roast capsicum, caramelised onion, roast tomato, eggs’ (bottom right), and both with which I’m familiar through a previous visit to Kazbah on Darling. Then there’s the arrival of the ‘Hash browns, bacon, roasted tomato, haloumi, Merguez sausage’ platter and soon to be followed by a platter of poached, scrambled and fried eggs. The hash browns are crispy and contain a bit of spice within, and who can say no to haloumi? Sides of mushrooms, spinach and housemade baked beans along with a bowl of toasted pide and flatbread accompany the lot, plus the eggs themselves are sitting atop yet more slices of toasted Turkish bread.
As if this is not a scary enough amount of food already, the banquet ends on a sweet note of pancakes which are thick and fluffy with a crusty top which are more like thin cakes cooked in a pan, rather than American-style fluffy pancakes. The ‘Chocolate & raspberry with butterscotch sauce & choc fudge ice-cream’ makes for a nice sweet/tart combination whereas the ‘Banana & strawberry with maple syrup & double cream’ is definitely the lighter of the two.
For this price it is an insane amount of food to be served so make sure you go with some seasoned eating partners. There is a required minimum number of diners for the breakfast banquet and make sure they all turn up on the day.
La Piazza, Top Ryde Shopping Centre, corner Devlin St & Blaxland Rd, Ryde NSW
Tel: (02) 9555 7067
Opening Hours: 7 days from 8am