Archived: Best Brunches & Breakfasts this Spring

Bright, fresh and leisurely morning eating in central Auckland
29 August, 2017

A relaxed brunch or breakfast is such a wonderful way to set your day on the right path. With the start of spring, we have rounded up the city’s freshest, brightest, most seasonally aligned morning meals for your dining inspiration. Add a post-brunch stroll along the water’s edge or in one of our city parks with a takeaway coffee in hand and you will be winning at life.

​90 Federal St

Auckland's best Sunday brunch for when you really want to push the boat out is at Masu. Start with as much sashimi, maki rolls, salads, and small dishes from the robata counter as your heart desires. If you're a seafood lover, your heart will desire plenty. Then, share a main dish - the cedar roasted ora king salmon teriyaki with pickled cucumber and sesame is a strong Masu classic with the optimal balance between rich and zesty - before concluding with a shared dessert platter. 

43 High St

You can always count on Chuffed for a breakfast slightly outside the box in the very best of ways. Their freshly renovated space still features the light and airy outdoor dining area we love, and we got some sneak peaks into the spring menu they will be launching in the coming week or so. We especially like the sound of the asparagus omelette with goats cheese crumb, pickled white beet, smoked walnuts and chervil oil, or for the more sweet-toothed, the hotcakes with cacao, whipped chilli butter, blueberry coulis and fresh blueberries.

Major Sprout
21 Graham St

We’ve come to expect exceptionally fresh and colourful dishes with thoughtful flourishes from the team at Major Sprout. For a brunch about as virtuous as they come this spring, go for the green tea noodle salad. The noodles, made from buckwheat flour, come with green beans, edamame, avocado, pickled ginger and a garlic soy dressing. We would recommend adding house cured salmon or sous vide chicken breast for an extra flavour and energy punch.

Cnr Victoria St & Kitchener St

The chefs at urban farmers market/kitchen/florist hybrid Scarecrow cook with the same artisan seasonal produce you see on its shelves. They’re about to transition to a new spring menu which will feature seasonal fruit as a carpaccio with muscovado and mint and their own take on a Bircher, made with sorghum, chocolate and blueberry labneh. You can chase these fruity delights with a house-fermented fruit soda for maximum zing and vitamins. Their classic signature shakshuka, always good for when you need a hearty and savoury start to the day, will be staying on the menu, fans will be glad to hear.

​66 - 68 Tyler St

Breakfast at Amano demands starting with an artisanal house-baked French-style pastry - try a pain au chocolat or a madeleine. Once your pastry needs have been satisfied, you can move on to the Italian-inspired a la carte menu concocted using produce from Hip Group's own farm in Kumeu alongside meat and seafood from sustainable local producers. The menu changes so frequently we can't predict what you'll find, but it's bound to be fresh and hyper seasonal - at the time of writing, the herb and mozzarella cheese omelette was just the ticket. 

Photo by Katherine Lowe. Take a look at what she had to say about Amano's bakery.

87 Customs St West

Giraffe certainly takes the first meal of the day seriously. Sure, you can get granola or a big breakfast, but they're packed with such tasty and interesting ingredients that they're almost unrecognisable as your brekky staples. Our pick for maximum seasonality with a good dash of decadence is the West Coast whitebait fritter with ginger lime creme fraiche. 

Hugos Bistro
​67 Shortland St

This polished new city eatery by the team behind established favourite Odettes, set amongst the towers of Shortland Street, offers an ‘earlier’ menu perfect for easing in to your week day. For a breakfast packed with vibrant flavours and unctuous textures, go no further than the roast peppers with eggs, goat cheese and gluten free bread.

Image above and at left of banner at top of page by Anna Kidman.

Grand Harbour
Cnr Pakenham St & Customs St W 

Perfectly located for a post-meal digestive stroll around the Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter, Grand Harbour is a long established and extremely popular purveyor of the Chinese yum cha dining tradition. Pick and choose your dim sum from the endless selection paraded past your table, and wash it all down with copious quantities of tea.

The Botanist
City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St W

The leafy, green surrounds of the Botanist thanks to the onsite florist make for a fresh ambience that's just right for a springtime brunch. They do hearty well here, with a pimped out mince on toast where the mince comes spiced and accompanied by a fried egg, chilli, coriander and crispy shallots, or a decadent creamy mushrooms served with a truffled polenta cake, poached egg and topped with shaved parmesan.