Our last local brunch in Lindfield took place on the weekend before we moved out of apartment, at Café Reborn on Pacific Highway. It was a brunch of necessity – I’d done such a successful job of meal-planning that we simply had no food left in the house for our last week. Waste not, want not!
Luckily Café Reborn had some seats available for us at the bench overlooking the highway. It was surprisingly busy on the morning that we went, with all the tables taken up by a mix of local older empty-nesters, families dropping in post-early Saturday morning Little Athletics, and other young married couples like ourselves.
Feeling a little bit dusty after a late Friday night involving multiple beers, burgers and karaoke (his work farewell party!), K ordered a Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice ($6.50) to start the meal. His tastebuds weren’t up to scratch that morning and he thought that it tasted a bit funny like it had come out of a carton. I’m happy to announce that the orange juice was very much freshly squeezed though, with a pretty garnish of a juicy orange slice and a sprig of mint.
He ordered his go-to brunch choice at any café across Sydney – corn fritters, or as Café Reborn calls it, a Stacked Corn Rosti ($14) with bacon and avocado mash. The bacon wasn’t as crispy as either of us would normally prefer, but the corn rosti did have a good charred crust on it that made it very more-ish with the creamy avocado mash.
I ordered my own go-to brunch choice – Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon on toast ($15). I liked Café Reborn’s take on salmon eggs benedict, with the addition of julienned pink lady apples on top. The sweeter sprigs of apple really helped to accentuate the savouriness of the smoked salmon, and made the whole dish very more-ish.
Overall, Café Reborn dishes up a fairly decent breakfast for a reasonable price. It’s a fairly standard neighbourhood café, and you won’t find any ground-breaking items on the menu. It’s a crowd-pleaser for those who live locally, but don’t go out of your way to visit if you’re not a local!