They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if the generic nature of Sydney’s café menus is anything to go by, it can be a bit, well – boring.
Breakfast at the original New Shanghai outlet in Lemon Grove Plaza should ease any tedium.
We’re all down with yum cha, so the breakfast dumpling isn’t a stranger. I rate the Steamed Pork Bun ($2) and Steamed Vegetarian Bun ($2) as ripper ways to start any day.
Congee ($2) takes things up to the next level, but should be familiar to those who enjoy a breakfast buffet in an international standard hotel. It’s basically savoury porridge, best in versions with flavours, like Preserved Egg and Lean Meat ($4.50).
I’m sure you’re down with the shallot pancake, and thus don’t need to be told the Fried Egg Pancake with Pork Floss ($4.50) or Cheese ($4.50) will have everyone reaching for another piece.
However Savoury Soy Bean Milk ($4.50) might be another matter – I found it easy to eat and pleasantly tart like cultured yoghurt – my dining companion, not so much.
The Savoury Deep Fried Dough Fritter ($3) is a doughnut without the sweet – what’s not to like with a pot of health-giving green tea?
Shop 20, Lemon Grove Plaza, 427-441 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Ph: (02) 9415 3536