Fancy poring over the latest mad-capped offering from Ferran Adria while tucking into some soft-boiled eggs with Vegemite soldiers? Or perhaps flipping through a well-thumbed copy of Larousse while you savour a Taleggio omelette is more your speed? Either way, bibliophiles and brunch enthusiasts will find much to like about The Book Kitchen.
This industrial-chic space flaunts polished concrete floors, painted brick walls, dark timber tables and stainless-steel lighting, with splashes of colour courtesy of the line-up of new and antique foodie tomes that line the shelves.
So instead of wrestling with a newspaper over brekkie, diners are encouraged to drool over the glossy cookbook pages while they eat (just take care with that gooey egg yolk). Smart breakfast offerings segue into light and bright lunches of duck confit salad with roast peach and eschalot, or pan-fried mulloway with sauce gribiche.
There’s a tight wine list that romps from Eden Valley rieslings to a Cotes du Rhone. If it’s too early for a tipple, opt for a well-pulled espresso made using a robust Yeehah blend from Single Origin Roasters.
It’s not just the cookbooks that hold serious take-home appeal – be sure to pick up jars of homemade passionfruit butter, blood orange marmalade or tomato chutney to go.