Things I’ve Eaten: Boomarang Bistro & Bar

There are many things I like about having brunch at Boomarang (which is not my typo – they spell it like this).

1. The food

Being a creature of habit, I usually get the Coolangata (which is a comprehensive big breakfast) or the 3-egg omelette. Recently I felt a bit adventurous and ventured to try the french toast and the buttermilk pancakes. Everything was top-notch, and consistently so. It’s also very reasonably-priced by local brunch standards; each dish on my usual list is about $12 – 17. There are also lighter muesli/toast options for less on the brekkie menu. (The full menu is online, here.)

Last time I tried this, I made it through 1.5 pancakes before passing out from pancake overload.

The first (and only) time I tried this, I made it through 1.5 pancakes before passing out from pancake overload.

I love that I can get an egg white omelette with no fuss and at no extra cost. It also comes with your choice of bread: white, wholemeal, fruit...

I love that I can get an egg white omelette with no fuss. It also comes with your choice of bread: white, wholemeal, fruit…

2. The service

This restaurant is nothing if not all about the customer. For example, breakfast is available till 11.30 am on weekdays, but 5 pm on weekends and public holidays. Because – well, DUH – people who sleep in till early evening still want breakfast foods.

Boomarang is also much more flexible with special requests than any other brunch place I’ve been to in this country. Omelette with egg whites only? No problem. The dish comes with fried eggs but you want them scrambled? That’s fine, the kitchen will scramble them instead. Craving a fruit platter but there’s only fruit salad in yoghurt on the menu? Waitress arranges for the yoghurt to come in a separate cup. All done with a smile and at no additional cost, which is much more than I can say for certain overhyped trendy brunch places.

It would be impressive enough that the restaurant is so easygoing with special requests, but they’re also impressively good at preempting customers’ needs, too. When I had brunch with my mother-in-law, the server figured out from the way that we were ordering that we were getting two dishes to share, and asked if she could bring us side plates. Seriously, in some other establishments, when I ask for a side plate, all they give me is a blank stare.

And my lattes always come with latte art. You know, just in case I needed more convincing that Boomarang takes some serious pride in its work.

The coffee is from Campos in Sydney. It's really very good.

The coffee is from Campos in Sydney. It’s really very good.

There are also lots of options for adding sides to your meal. (You could probably make an entire meal out of sides, if you wanted.) This side of mushrooms is $3 and the smoked salmon is $5.

There are also lots of options for adding sides to your meal. (You could probably make an entire meal out of sides, if you wanted.) This side of mushrooms is $3 and the smoked salmon is $5.

3. The location

Because the restaurant’s not near many transport routes and is also quite spacious, there’s always room for walk-ins even during weekend breakfast peak periods. That’s why I can rave about it on the interwebz and not fear that I can’t get a table next Saturday!

As the crow flies, Boomarang is reasonably close to where I live, but it’s just outside of comfortable walking distance so we can drive there and not feel guilty for not hoofing it. (Heh.) I’m hoping to try it at dinnertime sometime soon.

In the meantime, here is a delicious pavlova, just like they make them in Australia. Or maybe New Zealand. I hear they still haven't sorted out who owns it yet.

In the meantime, here is a delicious pavlova, just like they make them in Australia. Or maybe New Zealand. I hear they still haven’t sorted out who invented it yet.


60 Robertson Quay
#01-15 The Quayside
Tel: 66816617

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