Good news: Mica is opening for breakfast.
Shannon and Clare Kellam’s much anticipated Breakfast Creek bistro has been operating since mid-April, but in stripped-back form as a patisserie selling pastries, cakes and breads to Newstead, Ascot and Hamilton locals. It was a clever tactic from the Montrachet and King Street Bakery owners – leaning into the coronavirus pandemic when some Brisbane operators were choosing to shut up shop entirely.
On Wednesday, Mica will open for the first time as an à la carte operation (in line with current Covid-19 dining restrictions, of course), starting off with a concise, elevated breakfast menu. Those familiar with Montrachet’s celebrated French cooking will recognise a few of its signature moves. There’s pastis-and-citrus-cured Ora King salmon with whipped fromage blanc, a poached free-range egg, dill and sourdough; ironbark cold-smoked cauliflower that’s pan-roasted and served with avocado, salt-cured organic tomatoes and harissa oil; and a dish playfully named “Like Eggs Benedict, But Better” that features red-gum-smoked pork jowl finished on the grill and accompanied by a toasted muffin, a free-range egg, and chardonnay-vinegar hollandaise.
Elsewhere, there’s a classic omelette, free-range bacon and eggs, and shared appetisers such as crumpets, sheep’s milk yoghurt and granola, and pain perdu served with anise sugar, mandarin compote and fresh vanilla whipped cream. In true Montrachet style, there’s also a tasting option that rolls together some of the menu’s most compelling dishes.
The food is helped down by Vittoria coffee, a selection of cold drinks and a wine list evenly split between French and Australian drops.
Up front, the enormous counter continues to be full of Mica’s most decadent hits: pain aux raisin, almond croissants, eclairs and danishes, as well as savoury items such as quiche, salads, Black Angus beef pies and freshly baked bread. There’s also a range of vegan sweets that includes vegan pavlova and macarons.
Mica opens for breakfast from Wednesday June 24. See here for bookings.
Breakfast Creek Lifestyle Centre, 194 Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead
(07) 3559 2670
Wed to Fri 6.30am–3pm