Aquila – 8.0
The sudden increase of under 25’s in the CBD during the day light hours can only mean that exam bloc is over and Gen Y’s are back to over dressing for the part time professions. This is not so much a snarky comment as a simple explanation of what I do when I’m not reviewing breakfast. So catching the early bus to town on a Friday morning, the GZA and AMac are ready for a long overdue power breakfast at Aquila, a favourite of the Finance and Legal Eagle (Street) fraternity.
Fully espousing the popular-coffee-shop-progresses-into-successful-restaurant evolution, Aquila’s new fit out allows for double the patrons, and sets up an open, warm atmosphere. This does not, however, prevent us from awkwardly standing in the ‘we would like a table’ area as three different waiters assure us that they will be right with us. After getting a table, the two things that really stand out about the menu, are first, how cheap everything is, and second, the fact that those cheap prices do not limit the selection too much, with proper breakfast options available. The two party items are readily identifiable as the poached eggs with avocado and the Denver sandwich (the sunshine state…Dever, gorgeous, gorgeous!). But there is an issue: who is getting what? Ever fearful of heavy stomached bloating at work, both the GZA and AMac are eying off the usually delicate avo and eggs; GZA even tries to pull some “but that’s my go to situation” white man bull shit.
Coffees arrive in the same mind boggling efficiency as the take aways are pumped out (you only understand this speed once you have lined up, ordered, paid, then immediately collected). As always, they are very pleasing.
The food then comes very quickly, the importance of which can’t be overstated when indulging in pre work breakfast. It is revealed that the alpha of the big dogs got his way, and the poached eggs with avocado is placed deliberately in front of AMac.
Conducting the clinical operation of thickly smearing the half avocado onto the toast, zinging the spread with a slice of lemon, the eggs are finally pierced to reveal a perfect, gluey yolk consistency – do I need to continue about perfectly poached eggs?
While GZA had to settle for the Denver, it in no way detracted from its glory. Packed full of thick cut bacon, a double folded omelette and tickled with pesto, it is a great breakfast dish. Although a cautionary word: the GZA, famed for finishing both the World’s Hottest Burger and the Ribs and Rumps challenge (he has the steak knife to prove it) did not feel comfortable finishing the whole sandwich before work…which should paint a pretty clear picture.
Cheap, efficient, good coffee and a respectable menu selection, Aquila is a perfect CBD pre work breakfast option. The only down side is that if you work in a law or accounting firm somewhere on Eagle Street, you won’t “probably’ run into a work colleague, you will definitely run into a work colleague, and if you eat in anyway like me of the GZA, that cannot be a good thing.
Coffee: 8.5 Menu: 7.5 Food: 8.0 Service: 8.5 Ambience: 7.5
Reviewed by AMac & GZA
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