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Egmont Street Eatery

The Egmont Street Eatery continues our laneways magic.

Originally a catering company, they have now opened an eatery and function space in Egmont Street which is simple, slick and slightly American-feeling (according to my companion) – potentially due to seating below lane level, as well as the exposed beams lending industrial chic.

Egmont brioche

Although you can pop by and grab something from the counter for a quick bite (muffins, scones, brioche and a few sandwiches – very good roast apple and cinnamon brioche I have to say), the main focus is really their menu offerings.

We found them to be fresh, seasonal, well executed and tasty, and a little something different in most dishes – omelette with pork, prawn, greens and xo sauce; house beans, avocado, rocket, herb cream on cornbread; tagliatelle with mushroom, cured egg and sage.

For a late morning Saturday brunch we chose a mushroom, goat cheese, sunflower pesto and rocket sandwich from the lunch menu and the smoked potato hash, pork and fennel sausage with slow egg and chilli off the breakfast menu.

Egmont swich
The sandwich was a nice mix of flavours and textures, with lightly toasted bread, and the mushroom smashed and layered against the goat cheese and pesto for a good balance of all flavours in every mouthful. The potato in the hash was neither too crunchy or too soft and all components were flavourful, with some hints of citrus floating around in the dish; the summary – every forkful a fatty, flavourful, soothing mouthfeel.

Egmont hash

I’m keen to go back for Sunday French toast with poached fruit, nuts and cream fraiche (just because that kinda thing feels like Sunday to me), and also to check out the dinner and drinks experience at the other end of the day. It did feel a little more daytime to me in tone, but I stand to be corrected after I’ve tried the evening.

The staff were welcoming and attentive, and it was nice to see interaction between the staff, customers and chef at the open kitchen counter.  Well done guys.

Monday to Sunday daytimes, evenings Wednesday to Sunday.

15-21 Dixon Street (entrance Egmont Street).

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