by Jodi Panayotov
Multicultural dining need not be a lunch or dinner affair, thanks to a burgeoning number of eateries throwing open their doors in the early hours to Brisbane diners seeking Okonomiyaki or Grostel instead of bacon and eggs.
Austrian - K & K Austrian Coffee House
There's nothing alpine about the setting, in the light industrial back streets of the Rocks Riverside Park precinct, but the menu - featuring Grostel, a hearty alp-climber breakfast fave - is straight out of Austria.
Served in the traditional long-handled pan with a side of garden salad, this rustic dish -essentially a mish-mash of left-overs - comes in three crispy pan-fried varieties:
Bauern (beef, chicken, onion, bacon and kipfler potato) Knodel (dumpling pieces and bacon with egg) Blunzen (black pudding, onions, bacon and kipfler potato).
For something lighter there's Viennese apple strudel or cheese and cinnamon sticks.
Daily from 7 Shop 7 Sinnamon Pk Village 58 Oldfield Rd Sinnamon Park
Irish/Scottish – O'Connor's Traditional Fish & Chips
On weekend mornings the Celtic hordes descend on this eatery-come-fish-and-chippery tucked away off the main road in Windsor for a feed reminiscent of the Isles (Emerald & British).
Owner Liz and partner Chris have brought a bit of their home counties here, meaning diners can choose from the full Irish hot breakfast of black pudding, egg, bacon, baked beans, white pudding and pork sausage or the full Scottish – black pudding, white pudding, square sausage and tattie scones.
Less copious options include the Scottish kippers and poached eggs or the Irish breakfast roll.
Daily from 6.30am Shop B 229 Lutwyche Rd Windsor
Japanese – Mizu
This pocket-sized bistro on the edge of Teneriffe does a roaring trade in traditional Japanese breakfasts on weekends, and for good reason.
From Okonomiyaki (savoury Japanese pancakes) to the Mizu omelette served with steamed rice and light vegetarian sauce, or Loco Moco (wagyu hamburger topped with fried egg and accompanied by sesame gravy rice) to the traditional Bento Box (a chef's selection involving grilled fish, agemono, sumono and pickles with steamed rice and miso soup) everything here is daintily delectable.
As an accompaniment, the green tea lattes are a treat.
Weekends 8-11am 2 Macquarie St Teneriffe.
Swedish – Stockholm Syndrome Café Bar
The Scandinavian pickings may be slim when it comes to breakfast here, but a Sunday morning within the raw brick walls of this historical terrace lends itself to a bit of Swedish.
And in true Swedish style the traditional breakfast (Stockholm Platter) comes beautifully and simply arranged on a cool white platter – a boiled egg, smoked ham, fresh baked dark rye bread, pickles, cheese and relish.
Although the theme is abandoned where coffee is concerned, it is well-made and Byron Bay sourced.
Daily from 7 340 Sandgate Rd Albion
Spanish - Ole
Open daily, Ole is one of South Bank's best kept breakfast secrets. And with a reputation for tapas, plenty of seating and a no bookings policy, getting a table is always a cinch.
From the menu, the Huevos y Jamon - poached eggs done perfectly on a bed of freshly shaved jamon – is the stand out, with other options include Chorizo y Huevos – baked eggs with chorizo and confit tomato, or potato tortilla. And for a real taste of Iberia there's Morcilla – Spanish black pudding with peppers and scrambled eggs.
Daily from 7 Shop B12 Little Stanley St South Bank.
Italian - Dolci Sapori
Dolci Sapori, an Italian pasticceria tucked away at the back of a Clayfield shopping strip, may seem an unlikely breakfast stop. Yet for an authentic Italian experience here is the place to start the day.
Brioche and a refreshing granita (a sweet flavoured ice-crystal dessert) are the Sicilian order of the day here or a cream-filled cornetto or biscotti with a latte or espresso.
And not only is this one of Brisbane's best paticcerias but Dolci Sapori also supplies pastries to a large smattering of Brisbane cafes and restaurants.
Tue-Sun from 7.30 828 Sandgate Rd Clayfield
French - Chouquette
Up a New Farm side street, uber popular Chouquette is about as close as it gets to France in Brisbane. And breakfast wise, this authentic boulangerie and patisserie packs a crowd who come to start the day Parisian style with a fresh-baked pastry and coffee.
Light golden croissants, pain aux chocolat or pain aux raisins are the order of the day with, true to tradition, nary a filling in sight.
Meanwhile Lara the owner and French-speaking crew keep the coffee flowing – short black for the Francophile and creamy Merlo café au lait for the rest.
Wed-Sun from 6.30 19 Barker St New Farm
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