Named for the oldest laneway on Manhattan Island, you’ll find this slick CBD entry wrapped around a glass entranceway at 1 O’Connell Street. It’s well placed for The Porter – that hipster office club you join when you don’t want to meet in your cubicle – but don’t take that as permission to abandon this one to the suits. On-point plating means the Buttermilk Hotcake ($14) might have you whipping out your phone to document the artful tumble of fluffy hotcakes, edible flowers, berries, seeds, mascarpone and organic maple syrup – even if you’re not the type to photograph your food. For the ultimate two-course breakfast indulgence, you might like to split a serve with a gaggle of pals, after you all order something savoury. And in that quarter, it’s hard to choose between their single-pan breakfasts. Harlem Hash ($16) with slow-braised pork, kale, kumera, onions and puffed wild rice sitting under a sunny-side egg nudges out the Scouts Breakfast ($16) of spuds, mushrooms, prosciutto, goats cheese and poached eggs, but only just. They’ve also renovated the Breakfast Roll ($14) into a satisfying avalanche of twice-cooked pork belly, apple ‘slaw, smoked BBQ sauce and fried egg. Single Origin Roasters makes for a smooth Latte ($3.50), or assuage any guilt with The Cleaner ($8/500ml) of beetroot, carrot, watermelon and ginger.
Shop 1, Level 4, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9252 8017 bowerylane.com.au
Breakfast, Café $$