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HOT: Chill Bar Dining, Cnr Oxford 7 Cambridge Sts, Bulimba

Is it nasty to review a restaurant on what is probably one of busiest days of the year, abortion second to perhaps Valentine’s Day?

Personally, I think it’s fair enough to put venues through their paces and test their agility on super-busy occasions and I’m pleased to say Chill Bar nailed it when MM and I brought both our Mums (and associated siblings) in for brunch on Mother’s Day.

My first tick of approval for Chill Bar came when I rang to book the table – I was pleasantly surprised to hear they didn’t have a set menu, or set seating times and they were more than happy to accommodate my party of 8 for a 10.30 booking.

Upon our arrival the restaurant was noisy and bursting at the seams with Mums of all ages and their respective partners, kids and hangers-on and I wondered for a moment if I should have offered to cook breakfast in the quiet comfort of our own home?  To add to my tension, our table was seated in the blistering morning sun and for a moment things weren’t looking too promising with getting moved to a more protected spot.  But, after a quick strategy meeting, the Chill Bar staff had it sorted somehow found some room for us to relocate inside.

The breaky menu at Chill Bar is probably one of the best that I’ve seen; it included your stock standards of toasts, cereals, eggs and bacon – for those of us who don’t like to be too adventurous.  Then there’s the build-your-own adventure, which is pretty self explanatory.  Come to the ‘real deal’ section of the menu and I had some real trouble deciding which way to go and in my usual fashion I took my sweet time in doing so.  In the mean time, MM had ordered a bottle of 420 South Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir ($39.90) to kick things off and it was smooth, sweet and a delicious start to our day!

Whilst I was quite enjoying perusing the menu (including the range of fruity mocktails on offer), the service at this point was a little shabby – we’d nearly finished our sparkling and they hadn’t taken our food order.  Our waitress was rather flustered as she eventually arrived to take our orders, and as my tension rose once again I couldn’t help but think we’d end up with something completely different to what we ordered – which is always unnerving, particularly when you’re trying to impress your Mum!  But, less than 10 minutes later we were all served our mains – all in the right spot, all with the right contents and my frown was turned the right way round once again.

My selection of the bacon bruchetta ($16.00) with avocado, tomato, poached eggs and hollandaise, from the real deal menu was outstanding.  The eggs were just right in goo-factor and the combination of flavours and textures left me wanting more.

MM built his own version of bacon and eggs with a potato rosti on the side ($15.50); a little fancier than your average hash brown but the end result the same – a big cheesy grin of approval.

Super Mum No.1 chose the French toast with caramelised bananas and maple syrup ($11.00) and to see nods of approval from one of the best bakers/makers in the business can only be a good thing.

Super Mum No.2, along with several siblings, had the salmon rosti stack ($19.50) with spinach, poached eggs, avocado, tomato and potato rosti.  Everyone agreed the combination of flavours was light and well balanced, while the fancy hash browns got another thumbs up.

We practically licked our plates clean and while you could suggest this was because the Chill Bar servings were a little on the small side, I think it was more so a sign of absolute respect for the chef responsible for compiling these tidy bundles of breakfast pleasure.  The mixed round of cappuccinos, lattes, flat-whites and hot chocolates that followed were all hot and creamy and capped off a lovely Mother’s Day brunch.

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