The Gunshop Cafe
D and I have one regret about our recent trip to New York. Cupcakes.
“I cannot BELIEVE we split that cupcake.”
“I am never splitting a Magnolia cupcake with you again.”
Yes, it would seem our newly greedy selves are disgusted that we shared a famed Magnolia cupcake. I don’t know where the hell that self-restraint came from, but suffice to say it’s been pretty absent lately.
Somehow, we dug deep and found that sharing vibe on a recent trip to The Gunshop Cafe for breakfast. I was worried we’d have to join a huge line up, but we only had to wait for about 10 minutes before our friendly waiter showed us to a nice outdoor table.
Both of our eyes immediately zeroed in on the Canadian brioche french toast with bacon, caramelized banana, pecans and maple syrup ($17.50). We both wanted it. However, I was neither starving nor hungover, and also thought the simple Sonoma spelt maple & almond muesli with d’agen prunes and ‘barambah’ natural yoghurt ($9.5o) sounded good.
I suggested we order both and share. D agreed, pouting. I admit, when the french toast arrived I had to stop myself from dashing off with it. Thick slices of maple syrup-drenched, fluffy brioche were the anchor to a tower of bacon, gooey banana, and perfectly toasted pecans.
I started in on the muesli first, which was a very generous serve (it’s under the ‘light’ heading, but it’s definitely a hearty meal). The prunes were a great touch, transforming what could be just an average (albeit tasty) bowl of muesli into something gourmet.
Best French Toast EVER.
This french toast is no joke. Brioche is hands-down the perfect bread for this dish. The slices were cooked perfectly, with a crispy golden crust and fluffy inside. The combination of banana, bacon, pecan, and maple is just insanely perfect. I moaned my way through this dish.
Afterwards I was feeling pretty full – the french toast may be no joke but it is rich. Wasn’t splitting it such a good idea? I asked D.
D begrudgingly agreed. “I could still eat the whole thing myself. I still want to next time,” he frowned.
This was one instance when I didn’t regret flexing my willpower and sharing muscle, but for all of you out there who aren’t so strong: get into it and enjoy every damn bite.
The Gunshop Cafe
53 Mollison Street, West End
07 3844 2241