Breakfast on weekends is a very big deal for me. During the week I am always running late for work. I either miss breakfast altogether or pick up something quick on the way. I know its bad for me but bad habits die hard.
One weekend I woke feeling inspired to have a great breakfast at a nice cafe. Pizzaboy thought I was insane, but I would not let the idea go. So I jumped on Urbanspoon and came across this lovely cafe in trendy Surry Hills.
It is located uphill amongst some lovely terrace houses. Its clean, bright and quirky decor made me feel wide awake and relaxed. I loved the giant sketch of a headphone set across the wall – a not-so-subtle hint to the owner Alan Thompson’s days as international DJ extraordinaire.
We quickly order our coffee because I am not capable of making a sensible breakfast menu choice until after my caffeine fix. Bangbang use the deliciously fragrant coffee beans from Campos Coffee. Our lattes were perfectly smooth, creamy and the best remedy to an early morning wake up call. No need for sugar here!
I feel quite daring and ordered the traditional Scottish Breakfast. It consists of a slab of black pudding, square sausage, tatty potato scone, fried eggs and a roasted tomato. The tatty scone was amazing. I slowly pick at it so that I can extend the enjoyment throughout my meal. The sausage patty is love!
After a bite of the black pudding I deduce that it is definitely an acquired taste. It wasn’t disgusting, the texture is like coarse liver pate. I am not sure if like it or not. I think I might need to give it another go before I form a proper opinion about it.
Pizzaboy orders the breakfast stack. It’s a crispy potato rosti topped with wilted spinach, poached egg, pancetta and housemade hollandaise sauce. This is the most superior brekkie. The pancetta is perfectly crispy, the yolk from the poached egg is wonderfully oozey and the potato rosti is to die for. The wilted spinach brings a welcome freshness to this fantastic breakfast dish.
Nothing can get me out of bed before 10am on Sunday… except for Bangbang
Bangbang Espresso Bar and Cafe
113 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills, 2010
Phone (02) 9281 0018
Mon-Friday (Breakfast & Lunch) 8am-4pm
Sat (All day breakfast) 8am-3pm
Sun (All day breakfast) 9am-2pm
Richard ElliotJuly 7, 2010 at 8:50 pm
Looks great! I was surprised to see black pudding, I don’t think I’ve seen it since I arrived in Oz. It’s pretty rich, so I can never eat too much in one sitting.
I haven’t been out for breakfast in a while, I need to visit!
chocolatesuzeJuly 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm
zomg the breakfast stack is calling to me yum the crispy pancetta looks awesome
john@heneedsfoodJuly 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm
I’ve had several types of black pudding and I’m still getting used to the texture and flavour. I think I prefer the Spanish type where ir’s more like a pate. The coffee’s look very good!
sweetlifeJuly 8, 2010 at 2:38 am
oh what a cute place, I love the table and the cahris are awesome, black pudding hmmm I’m not sure but the breakfast stack looks super, great idea…
MariaJuly 8, 2010 at 5:13 am
Black pudding?!?! I must try it!! Yuuuuum!
JulianaJuly 8, 2010 at 7:20 am
Cute place and the food/coffee look yummie!
mashiJuly 8, 2010 at 10:20 am
looks awesome, I know what you mean by a good breakfast to wake you up on a Sunday morning. I’m looking forward to visiting this place, thanks for the review =)
Lisa @ bakebikeblogJuly 8, 2010 at 11:46 am
What a funky little cafe! That coffee looks divine!!!!! Wow – and you don’t find many places that serve black pudding. Its not my thing but I bet Mr BBB would love it 🙂
mademoiselle délicieuseJuly 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm
Absolutely love Campos coffee and the notion of a cooked breakfast. Obviously too time consuming, rich and expensive to have on plain ol’ work days but a just reward on the weekend after a bit of a sleep in.
Loving the look of that wafer-thin pancetta!
angieJuly 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm
The breakfast stack sure looks like my kinda breakfast! I’m like you, I rarely have breakfast during the week too but the weekends normally mean breakfast is non existent because it’s usually brunch or lunch by the time I’m up and ready to eat.
AmandaJuly 9, 2010 at 11:58 am
Oh… the agony of reading this at work when I’d so much rather be at bangbang. This is my favourite cafe in Sydney, and glad you loved it too.
Hmmm… wonder if they notice if I sneak out of the office?
MaryMohJuly 9, 2010 at 9:50 pm
A very lovely place. I would enjoy my breakfast there. But for a Scottish breakfast…think it’s a lot and heavy for me for breakfast. Since I landed here in Scotland a few years ago, I have not tried the black pudding. I think the look and what it’s made of does influence my taste buds. The second breakfast looks very delicious and lighter.
cityhippyfarmgirlJuly 10, 2010 at 8:44 am
Looks like the perfect example of breakfasting Sydney style on the weekend.
Mark @ Cafe CampanaJuly 11, 2010 at 11:06 am
Very good looking breakfast. I think I would like to mix and match elements from the Scottish breakfast and the stack. How about Potato rosti with square sausage, poached egg, crispy pancetta, baked tomato topped with home made hollandaise with a side of potato scone.
pigpigscornerJuly 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm
I happen to love black pudding! You should try white pudding which is made of oatmeal and more acceptable =)
JaJuly 13, 2010 at 8:50 pm
The stack and coffee look amazing. Still couldn’t manage to try it yet… Soon !
lisaJuly 14, 2010 at 9:35 am
Looks like an awesome breakfast choice. The food looks wonderful, although, I have yet to try black pudding. The latte looks to die for — I’m back on the coffee habit again bigtime!
monicaJuly 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm
that black pudding really does look interesting…wonder if I’d be game to try it 🙂
RhiannonJuly 28, 2010 at 7:43 am
WOW that coffee looks devine….and the breakfast stack, well ummm how can I say this gracefully? Meh “DROOOOOOOOOL”. I am totally forcing the other half out of bed when it’s my birthday to get some of that!!!!
JessicaAugust 11, 2010 at 7:01 am
Great review! I love finding new and different things to eat for breakfast. Thanks!
JSeptember 10, 2010 at 10:30 am
best brunch in surry hills. i live around the corner so there almost every weekend <3
TruffledFebruary 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm
The coffee looks so good. interesting name for a cafe.