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Sydney's Best Spots for a Bottomless Boozy Brunch

Swap your muesli for a mimosa, your coffee pot for endless flutes Champagne, and ruin all regular brunches forever more.
By Alexandra Middleton
September 06, 2017
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Sydney's Best Spots for a Bottomless Boozy Brunch

Swap your muesli for a mimosa, your coffee pot for endless flutes Champagne, and ruin all regular brunches forever more.
By Alexandra Middleton
September 06, 2017
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Nothing says baller status quite like free-flowing Champagne, fluffy eggs topped with caviar and a cart of cocktails — particularly when it's all enjoyed before midday. But thanks to Sydney's new obsession with bottomless brunches, us mere mortals can live like Queen B and Jay Z, even if just for a couple of hours. Whether you're planning your weekend around it or treating your hungover self, here's the lowdown on Sydney's best bottomless brunches. Just remember to behave yourself or you won't make it to midday.

DEAD RINGER, SURRY HILLS

Dead Ringer lets you choose whether you want to go all-in with a set menu for two hours of fresh (or blood) orange mimosas ($65), or build your own brunch around one-and-a-half hours of them. Intent on offering a brunch with a difference, Dead Ringer have declared their menu free of Sydney's beloved eggs and smashed avo. Instead, they've focused heavily on seafood and lunch-style fare. Start with duck rillettes with blood plum and crisps, consider a bloody mary intermission and then move on to ocean trout tartare or a seared Hapuka fillet with artichoke purée as your main. Be sure to get your serving of fruit for the day with their sherried apple crumble with whipped panna cotta.

What's the deal? $65 for five plates and two hours of mimosas. When? Saturday and Sunday, 11am till 3pm.

 

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THE ROYAL HOTEL, PADDINGTON

The Royal Paddington has kept it classic when it comes to their brunch, pairing three courses of delicious breakfast fare with two hours of bottomless Bellinis ($75) or Moet and Chandon Ice Imperial ($120). Covering off all your staples, you'll start with fresh fruit and pastries, followed by vanilla bean yoghurt and coconut chia pots, before grazing on two mains: Spanish baked eggs with chorizo and pimentos, smoked salmon with crème fraîche and dill. Showcasing sweeping city views from the verandah level, the Royal Brunch series is reminiscent of an inner city garden party, just a few floors up.

What's the deal? $75 for three courses and two hours of Bellinis or Moët. When? Saturday 11am till 1pm. 

KENSINGTON STREET SOCIAL, CHIPPENDALE

Kensington Street Social has nailed the upscale New York brunch vibe, but without a hint of pretension. Rock up in a frock, jeans and sneakers, or in your pyjamas (as some of the hotel guests have done) and nobody will bat an eyelid. Changing the playlist daily to match their clientele, KSS caters to a soft jazz crowd (including kids), right through to those who want to knock back their bubbles to upbeat club hits. While the vibe is casual, the food steps up. Their two-course, $65 bottomless brunch menu boasts buckwheat hotcakes with blueberry compote, pear and vanilla mascarpone, followed by a choice of alpine salmon, coddled egg, kombu, salmon roe and vine tomato ketchup or a MB6+ wagyu with fried egg, chips, tarragon and bearnaise. Or, you can pick anything from the main menu and go bottomless for an extra $35.

What's the deal? $65 for two courses and two hours of sparkling. When? Saturday and Sunday, 11am till 3pm. 

ANANAS, CBD

The French know how to indulge, so it's no surprise that Ananas hosts fortnightly Champagne brunches with two hours of bottomless bubbles and French rosé ($99). They even have a few lobster brunches coming up — and while it's hard to go past lobster bisque and spicy lobster spaghetti (at breakfast, nonetheless), the harbourside restaurant also offers more choice than most of the brunches in town. Build your own from a choice of six entrees and seven mains, including poached eggs basquaise with creamy polenta and crispy prosciutto or the classic steak frites. And of course, it wouldn't be doing the French justice if you didn't indulge in one of three iconic national sweets: crème brûlée, profiteroles or a lemon and lime tart.

What's the deal? $99 for three courses and two hours of Champagne and rosé. When? Every second Sunday from 11.30am till 4.30pm.

ALTITUDE RESTAURANT AT SHANGRI-LA, THE ROCKS

This is the brunch that has been taking over Instagram feeds on a weekly basis, and for good reason. Not only do you get to enjoy sweeping views of Sydney Harbour from 36 floors up, you do it while gorging on a smorgasbord of waffles, syrupy pancakes, eggs, fresh seafood, salads, desserts, fine cheeses, and the all-important free-flowing bellinis and mimosas ($75). As you look down on the regular folk whose breakfast likely consists of a run of the mill piece of toast, consider indulging in bottomless sparkling for an additional $55 for Champagne for an extra $85 per person.

What's the deal? $75 for a breakfast buffet and three hours of bellinis and mimosas. When? Saturday, 11.30am till 2.30pm.

MRS SIPPY, DOUBLE BAY

If you're in it for the bottomless booze (as opposed to your love of bubbles), Mrs Sippy's brunch is for you. As well as giving you the choice of free-flowing Chandon ($99) or Veuve ($140), both two-hour packages include their house Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose and $10 Belvedere cocktails. Designed to share and soak up the booze, their five-course menu boasts egg and maple bacon sliders, a platter of oysters, prawns and croquettes, brunch pizza and french toast to finish.

What's the deal? $99 for five courses and two hours of Chandon, or $140 for Veuve. When? Saturday 11am till 4pm. 

CHAMPAGNE ROOM, SURRY HILLS

If you're going to go anywhere for a bottomless brunch, the dedicated Champagne room above The Winery is a safe bet. Choose from peach, raspberry or lychee bottomless bellinis and the rest is done for you. Along with a cheese and salami board to nibble on as a start, their three-course menu ($79) has some standouts like their mini wine burger with sweet potato fries, and their Champagne spider with gelato and chocolate truffles.

What's the deal? $79 for three courses and three hours of bellinis. When? Saturday and Sunday, from noon.

SAKÉ, DOUBLE BAY

Saké's Champagne Lunch is the height of living large, giving you the rare opportunity to indulge in free-flowing Dom Perignon ($299) or, for a lesser sum, Veuve Clicquot ($99). Renowned for their unique contemporary approach to traditional Japanese cuisine, their $75 set menu (which you'll have to purchase on top of your Champagne) covers the classic, like sashimi and a chef's selection of nigiri, while also working in outliers like chawanmushi steamed egg custard and sea urchin, and miso caramelised 'Glacier 51' toothfish skewers. It's an investment, but, hey, you're worth it.

What's the deal? $75 for eight plates, plus $99 for two hours of Veuve Cliquot, or $299 for Dom Perignon. When? Saturday and Sunday, from noon.

EL CAMINO CANTINA, CBD

The best value brunch in town, at El Camino it's only $19 for a one-hour bottomless drinks package which includes margaritas, craft Beers, lageritas, micheladas, bloody marys and sodas, and there are even free sombreros! El Camino unashamedly serves Tex Mex-style food, so it's perfect if you're feeling a little bit dusty and in need of a cheesy breakfast burrito ($17) with scrambled eggs, chorizo, diced potatoes, bacon and Monterey jack cheese, or you can build your own taco ($16) with house-made chorizo scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, black beans and guacamole. It's what hangover dreams are made of.

What's the deal? $19 for one hour of drinks with food at a la carte prices. When? Saturday and Sunday, from noon till 5pm.

DARLO COUNTRY CLUB, DARLINGHURST

With a DJ from 1pm, the option to order flower arrangements for your group and a photo booth to capture it all on camera, the DCC Brunch Club is more of an event than a meal. For $85 you'll enjoy bottomless Chandon NV, or for $105 you can up the ante and sip on Moët and Chandon for the three hours. There's also a roving cocktail cart that makes espresso martinis and bloody marys at your table. DCC's set menu covers a lot of ground, starting with brunch classics like house cured salmon gravlax with potato blini, creme fraiche and salmon roe, eggs shakshuka and for those with a sweet tooth, Nutella french toast with cornflake crumble and whipped butter.

What's the deal? $85 for six courses and three hours os Chandon NV, or $105 with Moët. When? Saturday 11.30am till 3.30pm. 

FRATELLI FRESH

While not technically a brunch, it would be remiss of us not to include a three-course Italian feast with two hours of bottomless wine on this list. If you haven't dined at Fratelli before this is a great way to experience Fratelli's classics like their fried zucchini flowers, crisp polenta, thin crust margherita pizza, lamb ragu and signature banoffee tart — and if you have, you know what kind of treat you're in for. It's available each Sunday at all Sydney venues except Macquarie Street.

What's the deal? $59 for three courses and two hours of wine. When? Sunday noon till 3pm.

Top image: Dead Ringer.

Published on September 06, 2017 by Alexandra Middleton

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