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Brunch is more than just a meal – for some, it’s a religion, Hello Joburgers. Every Sunday morning, come rain or shine, brunchers flock to their places of worship – those temples offering pancakes, eggs benedict and endless mimosas that knock it out the park. These are our top 5 favourite brunch dishes in the city, from picture-perfect avocado toast to crumpets drenched in syrup. Happy feasting!
The ‘Salvation Benedict’ at Salvation Café
Some brunch dishes benefit from reinvention, but when it comes to eggs benedict, we’re total purists – there’s nothing better than a perfectly poached egg and a smooth, sunny-yellow hollandaise drenched over the whole dish! The Salvation Benedict at Salvation Café gives you all this and more – an English muffin is topped with poached eggs, salmon trout, avocado and homemade hollandaise. Plate-licking stuff!
A: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark
T: 011 482 7795
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The ‘Pistachio Dukkah Smashed Avo’ at The Whippet
Thanks to the avocado’s renewed superfood status as a ‘healthy fat’, avocado toast is a brunch ubiquity no matter how you choose to eat it – sliced, smashed or spread. The Pistachio Dukkah Smashed Avo on toast at The Whippet is anything but your substandard avocado toast – it’s more of an Instagram-primed avo smash. Buttery slips of avocado are fanned atop toasted sourdough rye and festooned with Moroccan spiced crushed pistachios and an olive, feta and sundried tomato relish.
A: Corner of 7th & 4th Avenue, Linden
T: 061 512 1373
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Brunch’s relegation to long, leisurely Sunday afternoons rather than the rise-and-grind of the workweek makes it one of the most escapist of meals. And the meal is all the better when you’re indulging in the Egg Basket at Nice on 4th. Two toast baskets, each with a poached egg, are topped with crispy bacon and spicy tomato relish made of rosa tomatoes, red onion, and a pinch of garlic, chilli and ginger.
A: Corner of 4th Avenue & 14th Street, Parkhurst
T: 011 788 6286
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The ‘Babalas Breakfast’ at Voodoo Lily Café
Whether you’re wanting to get rid of a hangover or are trying to prevent tomorrow’s one, you can’t go wrong with the Babalas Breakfast at Voodoo Lily Cafe after or before a night of drinking. A glossy homemade ciabatta roll is loaded with fried egg, bacon and local cheddar. We’d suggest accompanying it with one of their Bloody Marys, which are made with just the right amount of vodka and Tabasco.
A: 64 St Andrews Street, Birdhaven
T: 011 4426965
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The ‘Maple Crumpet Mountain’ at The Fat Zebra
Choosing between a sweet and savoury brunch is like a parent picking which child they love more. We’d obviously make terrible parents, because we stand behind both! The Maple Crumpet Mountain at The Fat Zebra is perfect for ending the occasion on a sweet note. Golden buttermilk crumpets with a supremely airy crumb are stacked with crispy bacon, crème fraîche, seasonal berries, syrup and toasted almonds. Drool!
A: 71 7th Street, Linden
T: 082 469 5757
Let us know what your favourite brunch dish is in the comments below!
Candice, the Editor of Hello Joburg Magazine, is a coffee-drinking, fashion-obsessed lover of anything and everything lifestyle related. She’s also a self-confessed foodie, champagne enthusiast and devoted bargain hunter.