Lumiere Cafe, Surry Hills

4 October 2011
by Phuoc

Have you ever been drawn to a restaurant by a particular item on their menu? This was what happened to me when I was searching for a cafe around Surry Hills for a lazy Sunday brunch. Sara and I decided to visit Lumiere Cafe, a cafe and patisserie serving up an all-day breakfast (lunch also) and delectable desserts.

I ordered a banana, malt and honey smoothie ($6.80) whilst Sara ordered a freshly squeezed juice of pineapple, orange, apple and mint ($6.50) which she enjoyed. Unfortunately I couldn’t finish my drink as it was too heavy (it didn’t help that what I had to eat was heavy as well) but it was still nice, the taste of honey dominated the entire drink.

After much deliberation, Sara chose the corn cakes with poached eggs, crispy bacon, avocado and relish ($17). A substantial breakfast served witha slice of toasted bread. The corn cake was a tiny bit on the gluggy side but was still delish and morish and packed with corn kernels, the eggs were poached perfectly and the relish provided a nice tang and punch to the dish. What a perfect way to start the day.

Now the dish that caught my attention was the french toast of brioche with caramelised banana, crispy bacon and maple syrup ($15). Some people are probably thinking “How can you possibly have bacon with sweets?”, the answer is simple, “You can!” It has been a while since I’ve had bananas so having this felt incredibly indulgent. 2 slices of fluffy and buttery brioche coated in an eggy mixture were fried until crispy and remained soft on the inside. If you were to have this without the bacon, it would be extremely sweet, the bacon reduced this sweetness and made it less sickening.

With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and a casual and relaxed vibe, this cafe is definitely a place to check out for a lazy weekend brunch. Will have to return to try their ricotta hot cakes with berry compote honeycomb and mascarpone. Mmmm…

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  1. Martyna @ WholesomeCook

    Brioche French toast with caramelised banana and bacon! YES PLEASE! It sounds like such an indulgent breakfast but oh my gosh, that’s what weekends are for! I liked the sound of your smoothie to begin with but knowing what you ordered I agree it would have been overkill.
    Nice spot I’m going to keep in mind, thanks!

  2. nic@diningwithastud

    Great choices ladies! And yeah those hot cakes should def be next. My yoghurt and oats brekkie pales in comparison 🙁 lol

  3. mademoiselle délicieuse

    I used to be wary of the maple syrup, French toast and bacon combination…until I tried it some years back! And that is one serious serving of French toast *faint*

  4. Linda

    Bacon dredged in maple syrup dripped off into pools from the pancakes or french toast is one of my favorite food things to eat. Then there is where you wrap a par-cooked piece around a date and broil it…Why did that person think she couldn’t eat bacon with sweet? Oh man, is she ever missing out! :0)

  5. chocolatesuze

    ohmahgawd! that french toast! it is calling to me!

  6. Tina@foodboozeshoes

    Seems counter-intuitive that the bacon would make it less sickening – but there you have it!

  7. Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    You definitely had the winning dish. The whole combo of banana, bacon, maple syrup and brioche french toast was a taste sensation. I love bacon and maple syrup, but adding banana, which is so expensive at the moment, was a treat.

  8. Steph

    OMG! I want your breakfast so bad! I looove banana smoothies and super dooper love brioche and the combo of bacon with maple syrup. Not great for the arteries but sometimes it’s needed 😀

  9. henry

    aaaah a canadian inspired breakfast…. cant say no to that!

    btw waiter in the first pic looks shady

  10. Jacq

    Hehe I think that dish would catch my attention too! I love the bacon and maple syrup combo!

  11. joey@FoodiePop

    Look at that French Toast! Phwoar! And you can defo have savoury and sweet together.

  12. muppy

    gosh that brioche looks AMAZING!

  13. Tina @ bitemeshowme

    That french toast of brioche looks dangerous… but oh so good!

  14. bhavani/ameanderingmango

    The food looks delicious! Haven’t tried this cafe yet but might have to soon… Thanks for the review! Also, love the name of your blog – will be back for more!

  15. Phuoc

    Martyna: Definitely! Weekends are for indulging. We need more weekends during the week!

    Nic: I tend to skip out on breakfast so I make up for them on the weekends.

    Mademoiselle délicieuse: I’m beginning to see that bacon, maple and banana combo more often in cafes now (YAY!)

    Linda: Bacon and date? That’s different!

    Chocolatesuze: It has your name written all over it 🙂

    Tina: Yes it does work, the saltiness makes it less sweet. It’s all about balance 🙂

    Sara: Definitely a treat!

    Steph: All in moderation I’d say 🙂

    Henry: lol it is a Sunday morning afterall, maybe he had a crazy night the night before..? :p

    Jacq: Bacon and maple syrup = win

    Joey: It is an impressive and indulgent french toast (if french toast wasn’t indulgent enough)

    Muppy: Brioche anything rocks!

    Tina: Yes indeed!

    Bhavani: Thanks for popping by 🙂

  16. Vivian - vxdollface

    YES!! French toast made the way it should be zomg you have just made my day, must go for breakfast 😀 I know what you mean by being drawn to a restaurant cause of a certain dish on the menu ^^

  17. Phuoc

    Vivian: I hope you like it 🙂

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