Been wanting to try this place out for a while now so given that today was a beautiful Spring day, it was the perfect time for us to make a brunch visit. We arrived at Bridge Road at around 11:30 and it was PACKED, which we kinda expected because everyone seems to go here for brunch on weekends. We were told that there would be a 30 minute wait which didn’t really bother us as I was keen to check out RHCL’s cheese room anyway (located near the door). If you could deal with the stench inside the airy cheese room, you will discover a very impressive cheese collection where you can sample bits of cheese and perhaps buy a wedge to take home. I really loved their gruyere de comte which had a sweet and nutty taste so I bought 200g to use for the Moreton Bay bug mac & cheese that I would be making later that evening. At $71 a kilo, RHCL’s comte doesn’t come cheap but dayemmmm, RHCL makes a hella nice one.
Before we knew it, our 30 minutes was up and it was time for us to sit down. Because I was so hungry after an hour-long session at the gym prior to commuting down to Richmond, I wasted no time in ordering. At 12pm, we were given the option of selecting something from the daily specials, the breakfast menu (available until 3pm) or the lunch menu (from 12pm onwards, I think). Both of us chose the breaky option.
Ads had the Spanish-style baked egg which came with slices of chorizo in some kind of tomato stew thingy, accompanied with a piece of toasted sourdough bread ($16.50). There was a very nice spiciness to it, the result of piquillo peppers and smoked paprika. Adam, however, felt that there was too much tomato in it and not enough chorizo and hence, too sweet. I, too, was inclined to agree with him but I felt that I was perhaps being a bit biased as I’m not a fan of dishes that are too sweet and this sort of dish isn’t the type of thing that I’d order myself anyway.
I also had an egg dish, which was $18.50. A beautifully poached egg rested atop two sweet corn and coriander fritters, with slices of smoked salmon sandwiched in between to give it a much needed saltiness. To spice things up a little, the RHCL’s version of a tomato and capsicum relish accompanied the mini leaning tower. Again, I felt that it was a tad too sweet and the most disappointing thing about this dish were the corn fritters. After having super-fantastic-awesome corn fritters at Gingerboy, I felt that no other place could do better – RHCL’s were fluffy but steered towards sogginess. And they weren’t as crunchy as Gingerboy‘s.
What I DID like about this dish, though, was the poached egg. It was AWESOME – I reckon the person who made it has a Masters Degree in Poaching Eggs or something because it was nothing short of perfection. I never used to be a breakfast person (i.e. not the type to spend $20 on a breakfast meal) and whenever people asked me if I knew any good places for breakfast, I’d shrug and say that they were all the same and that they sucked. After eating that one poached egg at RHCL, however, I’m more willing to tell people that RHCL makes awesome eggs and will tell people to suss out RHCL just for the eggs alone. Next time, I’ll probably go for something simple like eggs on toast or something…