In place of the long-time 20-year K'Rd residence of Alleluya café is Bestie, a new edgy, hip, yet vintage-esque spot for really good coffee and brunch. Located on the far side of St. Kevin's Arcade, the sun was streaming through the large windows – my S.O and I kept on swapping throughout brunch to take turns sunbathing by the window seat on Sunday morning.
First off, Bestie served a seriously decent eighthirty double-shot flat white ($4). Secondly, the food was fantastic. Due to our preference of savory over sweet, we ordered the creamed butter beans with egg, fresh herbs, sourdough and bacon ($16.50) and the slow cooked beef brisket with fresh cream corn, pickled onions, greens and sourdough ($19.50). The former was tasty, not too heavy, nutritious and straight to the point.
The beef brisket on the other hand – boy, oh boy…my eyes widened. It was really something else. I was stealing off my S.O's plate continuously – he offered to swap (he's a good man) and I immediately agreed. That beef brisket melted in my mouth and together with the ultra-pulverized, sweet creamed corn, it was indeed one of the best brunches I had ever had. The portion was large and appropriate for a person with an appetite. I do, however, have a serious soft spot for creamed corn and corn in general.
After annihilating breakfast, I ordered ricotta doughnuts with cinnamon sugar and white chocolate whip only to be completely and utterly disappointed and heartbroken that the last doughnuts had just gone. Witnessing a plate of them go by was truly painful and upsetting. Bestie hasn't even been open for long and those doughnuts have already gained some kind of sensational status. Though I'm not an early bird in the weekend, or ever, for that matter (I went to work an hour late this morning because I "slept" through my alarm), I clearly need to be one of those annoying and overly enthusiastic morning people in order to get my hands on the worm, which is, in this case, the ricotta doughnuts.
And, of course, I'll be ordering the beef brisket too, because I don't want to share next time. Besides, sometimes I like to have red meat for breakfast.