You may have seen Cucina Espresso in Sydney Weekender recently. By popular demand, Cucina Espresso have made some recent breakfast specials a permanent fixture to the menu so I had to come by and check it out.
Cucina Espresso is located in the main strip of Concord. MW and I meet Kurt and Sarah for a breakfast double date. It's a cooler day and we arrive at 11am where it's incredibly busy.
There are tables outside and also inside if you prefer. I opt for a table outside so we can enjoy the fresh air. Owner, Rocco and the other staff are really busy and warn us and other patrons that it's an approximate 30-40 minute wait. I didn't mind as I sipped on my french earl grey tea.
The staff tell us that they regularly get feedback and have recently added the house specials to the menu. These dishes are quite unique and I haven't seen them elsewhere at other cafes.
So I will start with my favourite dish from the house specials - best described as Cabonara Baked Eggs - The absolute must order is the Uovo Cotto which are baked eggs in a creamy white sauce with porcini mushroom, black truffle, potato mash and shaved grana padano cheese with bacon and bread ($19.50).
There is something incredibly comforting and satisfying about that white creamy sauce and eggs. It's incredibly tasty and you won't want to share as you dip the bread into the potato mash and bacon. Thumbs up for the fusion.
For those looking for a more traditional breakfast, there's the breakfast burger which is $12. Cucina Espresso serves up the breakfast burger on a brioche bun with fried egg, tasty cheese, bacon, Italian bruschetta mix, avo mash, caramelised onion, mixed leaves and aioli.
I would personally suggest ordering from the Breakfast House Specials rather than the traditional menu however you may be craving something specific.
Another classic breakfast dish is the Crostini Salmone ($18.50). It's served up with goats cheese, wild rocket, house made cured beetroot, pistachio, fresh lime, caper berries, onion and mashed avo. The salmon is cured in house.
I love salmon and I like the zesty tones from the cured salmon and beetroot and the contrast with the creamy avo.
For those who are wanting to be a bit healthier - you may want to try the "Raw Organic Activated Buckinis Bowl" which is $14.50 and consists of bukinis deluxe clusters served with all natural barambah yoghurt and garnished with mixed berries, activated mixed nuts and honey.
This is a smaller portion for breakfast but is full of fresh tasty strawberries, crunchy nuts and yoghurt. It's quite refreshing, especially if you are not looking a hot breakfast.
Now for those with a sweet tooth, I must admit while the calories are probably epic - The Nutella Pancakes ($14.50) are HEAVENLY. The house made nutella pancake mix served up with vanilla gelato with strawberries and a bit of nutella on top as well.
Once you bite into the pancakes, you can immediately taste a big hit of Nutella into the pancake mix in addition to the nutella on top. The gelato cuts through that rich chocolate flavour and the portion is just right so you are not sick.
The second house special breakfast which I recommend is the "Baked eggs Bolognese" aka the Uovo Bolognese e Piselli. This dish is $19 and are eggs poached in a beef bolognese sauce with peas, shaved padano cheese, mozarella and is served with bread.
I can imagine on a cooler day, this dish would be so comforting with all those cheesey elements along with the poached eggs and that bolognese.
A dear friend of mine is a local and said she found breakfast bland at Cucina however I had a completely different experience. Perhaps the key is to ask the staff - what dishes to order. Some people may prefer a simple eggs on toast breakfast.
Summary: Those house specials - particularly the Cabonara Baked Eggs and the Baked Eggs with Bolognese are great fusion dishes. I also highly recommend those nutella pancakes!!
I would stick to the house specials - just ask the staff. Give the basic eggs on toast a miss and order something different.
Because it's so popular you may have to wait for a table on the weekend. There may also be a 30-40 minutes wait when it's busy for the food to come out.
Price: $25-35 per person
Location: 89 Majors Bay Rd, Concord
Opening Hours: 6am to 4pm Weekdays, 7am to 4pm weekends
Weekend Food Escapes dined as guests of Cucina Espresso. All words, opinions and photos are my own.