I’ll be honest I have fancied trying Epicures of Hyndland for quite a while but I kind of forget that it’s there some times, because it’s that tiny wee bit further away from my flat than my fav brunch spot Richmond. So with today being my Birthday I decided to try somewhere new for brunch and Epicures was my chosen spot.
Located slap bang in the middle of cool Hyndland Road Epicures is a mecca of West End cool – as soon as you walk in the front door you are presented with a large enticing display of cakes and sweet treats, at this point I was ready to forego brunch and jump straight to dessert! Thankfully I resisted! The decor is a wooden meets industial wonderland, there is a tree sprouting in the middle of the lower dining area and foliage climbing the industrial style columns.There is wooden floors, walls, tables, chairs, booths….you name it and it was wood. My favourite feature was the tons of natural day light pouring in through the huge windows which wrap around the front of the building. I liked it – very chic and casual, perfect for brunch.
We were shown to our table, thankfully I thought to reserve because it was jumping. I would say if you want to make a special trip here definitely book in advance.
The staff were great, very friendly and helpful. My only slight irk was that there were 3 errors with our order – we were given a poached egg when a fried egg was ordered (but the fried egg arrived about a minute later) we were given Jam when nutella was asked for (this was fixed promptly) and we asked for a full breakfast without the egg but it arrived on the plate (we just moved it to a spare plate, no biggie) I am pretty sure the errors came from the kitchen rather than the waitress, this is to expected as the place was heaving and they are just trying to get food out fast. It didn’t detract from our experience but I thought it was worth a mention.
I could have happily eaten absolutely everything on the brunch menu but in the end chose the Eggs Benedict – smoked back bacon, 2 poached eggs, rockets, creamy Hollandaise served on a toasted English muffin. Our food arrived about 5 minutes after we ordered it which was pretty impressive as we thought we would have a reasonable wait. There was heaps of tasty thick back bacon, I would have liked it a little more charred for my personal taste but it was perfectly delicious. 1 of the eggs was gloriously runny and the other was ‘just’ slightly over cooked, I am pretty confident that the Hollandaise was made freshly in-house as it was utterly beautiful and creamy. A gorgeous dish which I would happily order again.
Obviously after walking past all of those made in-house beautiful cakes there was no way I was leaving without trying something, my niece and I were just about to have a wander down to the counter to decided what we wanted when the waitress produced a cake board….I know….a cake board?!…tis’ the stuff of dreams.
Only because it is my birthday my niece and I decided to get a warm brownie to share because it sounded so good then order another one each, decadent but give me a break it’s very difficult turning 24 (again!) For my individual cake I went for the pecan pie which was scrumptious. It was presented beautifully with a raspberry coulis, clotted cream and practically a whole bushel of fresh raspberries. Pecan pie is one of my personal favourites and this certainly sits up there with some of the best I have ever had. The brownie was nice and dry on the outside and luscious and gooey on the inside. I would definitely recommend both.
A fantastic brunch for my birthday and I would definitely go back for food again – as long as I have a table booked.