Corner of James & Lake Streets, Northbridge
Breakfast served from 7am – 11.30am weekdays & 8am-11.30am weekends
So I woke up fairly late this morning and started to contemplate going out to breakfast on my own. After a few false starts to get out of my toasty warm bed I finally got my act together and headed into Northbridge to find a place that still served breakfast. I found that place tucked away in the corner of the Northbridge piazza. Let me introduce the cafe appropriately named CNR and my first ever review without my team of experts in tow.
As I walked into CNR I was greeted with a massive smile from the barista who told me to come and order at the counter when I was ready. The cafe has a range of seating both outside facing the grassed area and down the side of the cafe as well as ample inside seating. I decided to sit inside as I didn’t want to risk ruining my experience at CNR by being cold.
I perused the menu which has a good number of choices. The prices at CNR range from $4 for toast up to $19 for their big breakfast called “CNR Sink”. Looking at what you got with the CNR Sink it would be definitely worth every cent. It comes with eggs anyway, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, bratwurst, potato gratin and sourdough toast. The menu choices were all the standard meals you would usually see at a cafe for breakfast but the words used to describe the meals adds this extra element that makes them seem a lot more appealing. Like “buttered silverbeet” with the Eggs Florentine, “Shaved feta and torn basil” with what is commonly presented as a breakfast bruschetta. I thought this was an interesting touch. The board behind the counter is also filled with many varieties of fresh juices and coffee’s.
I went up to the counter and ordered a cappuccino and pan fried mushrooms, crumbled goats cheese on toasted ciabatta with crispy bacon. I asked the smiling barista for some water as well and he pointed me to the table from which you can help yourself to water then offered to get me a glass and bring it over. I was a little surprised at the offer but I said no as I was going to grab a paper from over there anyway.
I decided to sit a while longer and finish reading the paper. In that time a waitperson came and refilled my glass on his way to refill the water jugs and the waitperson who cleared my plate offered me another coffee. This is what service should be.
CNR should definitely be on every one’s list to try for breakfast. You can sit there and people watch everyone in the Northbridge piazza and enjoy an brilliantly made coffee and delicious food. Eating breakfast on my own wasn’t so bad and I also really enjoyed listening to the Johnny Cash album that was playing whilst reading the paper. So… Crema Cafe just got bumped off the top 3 for CNR!
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