If you thought brunch was big in the States, it’s even bigger down under.
“Brunch is the most important meal back home in Australia,” says Arthur Sertorio, director of operations of the Collins Quarter. “Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch with a twist of fun cocktails. If we fail with this concept, we are failing the brunch philosophy.”
Sertorio is spot-on: a good brunch is simple with a twist of fun, and that’s why it’s such a beloved meal. The Collins Quarter’s brunch is simply good food.
“It’s important for us to obtain the highest quality ingredients to present the best meals for our brunch program,” Sertorio says. “We want to offer something fresh, generous and full of flavor, and I think we did just that. It is essential for us to create meals that will entice guests to come back. This is the case with locals that dine two to three times a week and receive their favorite dish.”
The brunch menu has food served only before or after 11 a.m. and all day long, creating a sense of urgency to try certain dishes.
“The reason we decided to go with brunch all week and not just breakfast or lunch is for us to focus all our efforts on one unique menu and make it perfect,” Sertorio says. “Brunch food is always fun to work with because you can get away from traditional morning and afternoon meals and create a unique, exciting menu.”
The Upstream Supreme Toast is a favorite, a cheesy toast with salmon and capers piled high. Another bestseller is the Swine Time Beni, a twist on French toast adding pulled pork and a poached egg. Even the cocktails come with a twist—the Bondi Beach Mimosa uses passionfruit and strawberry juice instead of the classic OJ.
But as the Collins Quarter knows, the best brunches aren’t just about the food, they’re about the experience.
“I think the overall experience is what sets us apart from others in town,” says Sertorio. “We’re not only focused on the food and the service. We want people to remember their experience at Collins and to enjoy something unique. Families enjoy their intimate time around generous dishes and fun drinks. Anthony has brought the perfect Australian brunch to the U.S.” – Rachael Flora
Runner-Up: J. Christopher’s