along the Bronte walk and the Bronte Swimming PoolI adore breakfast. The very concept of it excites me and as one who isn’t at all interested in engaging in anything in the early parts of the day, the prospect of having a great breakfast is enough to pry my lifeless body out of bed. The odds do get slimmer when the climate becomes much cooler, the warmth and comfort of my bed seems to stitch and hedge me in, and it would take something extraordinary to get me out.
I’m sure you all know what I mean. It is a rarity to find a person who isn’t belligerent when woken up from deep hibernation, especially during cold wintry nights. I’m sure a caterpillar won’t have a bar of being taken out of the comfort of its cocoon until the time is ripe; and okay, I am no butterfly, but I feel the same way.
reading the morning paper...But with every rule always comes the exception- the however. So if there is one thing that will haul me out of bed prematurely in the morning, it is a little place called La Plage at Bronte Beach. The place is nowhere remotely near my place, but whenever G suggests we go and have breakfast there, I am up and raring to go. The café is one of many open for breakfast at Bronte’s beachfront strip and somehow, this one became our favourite breakfast haunt. Nothing in its nature called out to us in particular, it was by pure chance that we unintendedly entered the place and fell in love with it.
The first time was for lunch, although they serve breakfast until 3pm, so of course I have breakfast. The tunes of Café Del Mar play in the background and the cacophony of electric beats and waves crashing hypnotise patrons into imaginings of Caribbean isles and tropical breezes. The bright pastel interiors- walls of sky blue and furnishings of coral and teal all reminiscent of sun-filled summer days. I don’t want to say it because it sounds so cheesy and trite in a home shopping network segment type of way, but no matter how cold it is outside, the weather in La Plage is always balmy.
I usually only have either one of two things when I go to La Plage; not that the other stuff on the menu isn’t worth trying but it seems that I go into auto pilot when I enter and order the same two things over and over again. At first I was staunchly dedicated to their Big Breakfast- two pieces of Turkish bread, two sausages, two hash browns, eggs of your choice, mushrooms, and a roast tomato. I was never able to eat another morsel for the rest of the day, but it was worth it. Then I transferred my allegiance to their Eggs Benedict. Two poached eggs perched atop two English muffins, with baby spinach and smoked salmon, all topped with a thick slathering of hollandaise sauce and a side of hash browns. Same thing with the Eggs Benedict, I was ruined for another meal for the rest for the day.
So decided that I need to avert the ravenous appetite my eyes have at breakfast and go for something that my stomach can handle. After all I am merely a 5 foot nothing little girl, my stomach can only stretch so far. So I opt for their Banana Pancakes with Honey Ricotta and Blueberries. I was a little apprehensive stepping outside my norm, although when you give the name of the dish a once over, you realise that you can’t really go wrong with that combination.
My breakfast arrives promptly to our table, and I dig in. It was delicious and even though it’s something one could simply cook up at home, I just cannot abide by cooking my own breakfast. The extent I go to cooking my own breakfast at home is to toast a piece of bread or quickly fry up an egg. So this indeed was a treat.
G who also can’t go past the Big Breakfast decided on something a little smaller and something a little more vegetarian, he needed to give his inner carnivore a rest. So he went for the scrambled eggs with toast and mushrooms. It was simple and uncomplicated and exactly what breakfast is all about.
The prices are a slight bit on the steep side, but only slightly and when you consider the view you get from your table there really isn't any reason to complain.
La Plage Café and Take Away
481 Bronte Rd, Bronte NSW 2024
Phone: (02) 9389 3527