If there’s one thing Sydney-siders like more than a sleep-in, it’s an excuse to day drink. Fortunately, the bottomless brunch scene caters to both. Although most offerings raise some eyebrows over their loose interpretation of brunch timing, these boozy, foodie extravaganzas are an absolute must.
Green Moustache ($70 per head)
100 Miller St, North Sydney
Immerse yourself in Green Moustache’s plant haven for an afternoon of free-flowing rosé, prosecco, pale ale and a light banquet feasting. Foliage adorns every inch of open space, and floor to ceiling windows convert an entire wall into a luscious backdrop of North Sydney’s greenery.
So, why not take your dose of tranquility with a side of Green Moustache’s bottomless long lunch? For $70 a head you can take advantage of the sharing menu decked out with Kingfish Sashimi and a grazing board complete with meats, warm olives, cheese, relish and wood fired breads. Long lunches do require a minimum of four people, but the allure of unlimited wine would surely be enough to scrabble together a crew. Running every Saturday from 12pm until 4pm might be pushing the boundaries of ‘brunch’, but for this feast we’ll make an allowance.
Dead Ringer ($75 per head)
413 Bourke St, Surry Hills
For those of you who turn up their nose at the prospect of splashing hard-earned cash on dining out on a bacon and egg toastie, then stay tuned. Dead Ringer isn’t your typical brunch provider, in fact you won’t even catch a glimpse of a poached egg or rouge bowl of muesli. Dead RInger have done away with the breakfasts classics for brunch menu showcasing dishes normally expected to make an appearance in the PM.
For $45 a head, every Saturday and Sunday from 11am, you’re invited to dine on the set menu for two. The feed begins with a house-baked focaccia, ambles through an array of delectable sides, and winds up with a slow-roasted chicken with braised zucchini and lemon yoghurt.
But what’s a brunch without the booze? For an extra $30 you may as well whack on the bottomless mimosa package and throw back as many sparkly drinks as you desire over a 2 hour window. OJ not your jam? Skip the juice and opt for the bottomless prosecco package for an extra $50 per person.
Since I Left You ($50 per head)
338 Kent St, Sydney
One Sunday a month, the team at Since I Left You (SILY) put on the greatest Sunday sesh you can imagine. Their notorious ‘Brunch With…‘ events seamlessly combine Sydney’s foodie scene with the music & art scene in an afternoon of tunes, free flowing drinks and an ever changing menu.
Each month, Brunch With… features a new artist who not only puts on a sick performance, but helps curates the food and drink menu, bringing a new twist to each month. Past line ups have seen the likes of DJ Suzie Q, Waza and Post Pluto Intergalactic Groove Committee take over the SILY courtyard and menus with their own penchant for flavour.
The courtyard opens at 12pm and that’s exactly when the bottomless cocktails start flowing, so I’d drop in early to get your hands on as many as possible. For $50 a ticket you not only get this ridiculous drink package, but a front row seat to an intimate performance in SILY’s heritage listed courtyard beneath twinkling fairy lights.
Carbòn ($75 per head)
288 Bondi Rd, Bondi
The Carbòn crew have taken the typical rules of bottomless brunch, tossed them into their wood fired oven, and re-imagined the brunch game with 5 hours of unlimited tacos and margaritas. I repeat – unlimited tacos and unlimited margaritas. For five hours.
And while most Australian’s idea of a taco would quite frankly be considered a massacre of the Mexican flavour palette, the offerings at Carbòn might almost do it justice. The team have whipped up a mouth-watering combination of taco varieties that you didn’t even know you needed in your life until now. Think octopus with pesto chorizo, or al pastor style pork with grilled pineapple.
Using traditional South American ‘parrilla’ techniques, Carbon’s woodfired Mexican flavours are a whole new breed of delectable. The feast runs every weekend and will cost you $75 for five hours of pure taco-induced bliss.
If we’re being honest, this 12pm-5pm Mexican extravaganza is more lunch than brunch, but let’s leave the semantics at the door and grab a marg… or six.
Royal Hotel Paddington ($85 per head)
237 Glenmore Rd, Paddington
If being unable to pronounce half the words on the menu strikes fear into your very core, and your idea of an indulgent breakfast is an extra bit of bacon on the side of your big breakfast, then rest assured we have the place for you. Royal Hotel Paddington are taking it back to basics with their Saturday ‘Award Winning’ Bottomless brunch.
While I’m unsure exactly what award they received or whether it’s simply a self-proclaimed title that they dare people to question – the crew certainly live up to the ominous title. From 11am-1pm every Saturday, the Royal Hotel are dishing out a three course feast paired with bottomless Mimosas, Espresso Martinis, Spritzes and Brekkie Sangria.
The menu has nailed the basics to bring you brunch classics that you know and love, with a modern twist. Start with a macca chocolate milk porridge and cinnamon and chocolate scrolls, follow it up with some smashed avo and roasted tomatoes, and finish with a trusty fruit and nut tart. Where do we sign up?
SoCal ($65 per head)
1 Young St, Neutral Bay
Coming in at the cheaper end of the spectrum at $65 is SoCal’s bottomless rosé brunch. But don’t let the price fool you, a simple glance at their perfectly pastel themed Instagram is enough to tell you that this place is anything but stingy. Let me start by announcing that not only is there free-flowing rosé, but ‘rosé sangria’, and the sheer thought of that just brought a tear of joy to my starry eyes.
But if what you really came for is the food then I guess there’s a little something for you here too, because SoCal are serving up the most Instagram-able Mexican banquet you’ve seen (seriously, just ask the influencers who froth this place). From Smoked Pork Empanadas with chili chocolate mole, to your classic taco varieties, SoCal will leave you in a food coma of pure Mexican glory.
Enter the tropical oasis complete with palms, pastel tiled tables and an abundance of soft hues in every direction that will have your heart sighing. Rosé lunches run for 2 hours from 12-3pm Wednesday through to Sunday. SoCal’s Rosé Lunch requires a minimum of four people per booking.
Barzaari ($75 per head)
3 Kensington St, Chippendale
Every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30, the crew at Barzaari are bringing a Mediterranean twist to your favourite meal of the week with their two hour bottomless brunch masterpiece.
Drawing on the culture and flavours of Cyprus, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria, Barzaari are subbing out the smashed avo for a tantalising collection of Eastern Mediterranean classics. Think rainbow trout with chermoula, or baked eggs with pastourma & haloumi, all polished off with some baklava for dessert. Are you drooling yet?
All the meals are designed to share so grab some mates, cough up $75 each, because all this is accompanied by two hours of free flowing cocktails. Nothing is done basic around here. Mimosas will be a thing of the past once you sip a strawberry royal – a truly blissful concoction of strawberry puree, rose water, lime, freeze dried strawberries and prosecco.
By Hannah Matchett