Admittedly I am still new to the Sydney brunch scene, so I am all ears whenever someone mentions a place which I haven't heard of. Bowery Lane was one such destination; surrounded by high-rise office buildings and mainly populated with suits and ties, the O'Connell Street restaurant is aptly named after one of New York's historically popular districts. One of the most important things to note is that they do not do breakfast on the weekends, as my party of three devastatingly found out on a Sunday morning. In fact, they're not open at all on Sundays so definitely plan ahead!
Minimal decorations can be seen inside which gives it a slightly cold atmosphere, although the comfy two-seater dining booths and warm lighting add a bit of coziness to the place. Menu content is easy to read and all dishes sounded enticingly delicious! There is an overlap between some of the lunch and dinner dishes but the breakfast menu is exclusive.
|Brooklyn Bagel & Salmon: flaked salmon, smashed peas, scrambled eggs, creme fraiche, dill & salmon roe ($17.00)|
The textures of the smashed peas and scrambled eggs worked really well, although the egg needed more salt. The salmon was also slightly underwhelming in terms of flavour, but the salmon roe was the saving grace of the dish - each little egg was a bubble of salty goodness amongst its slightly bland companions.
|Breakfast Stack: asparagus, kale, spinache, poached egg, tomatoes & walnuts ($16.00)|
|Scout's Breakfast: mushrooms, roast potatoes, prosciutto, poached eggs, goats cheese & parmesan ($16.00)|
|Mocha & Hershey's Cookies and Cream Milkshake|
|The Cleanser: beetroot, watermelon, ginger & carrot|
This meal was probably one of the best brunches I've had so far in Sydney, and that's quite a statement. The serving sizes were quite generous for the prices we paid, which were fairly standard breakfast dollars. The service was alright - nothing to write home about but nothing to complain about either.