I love being one of the first people to try a new place. Everything is fresh, the owners/staff go above and beyond to please their first customers and you get to try it before the rest of the world finds out about it too (endless queueing). So when I saw that a little Australian café called Banter would open on Thursday, I was determined to try it, snow day or not. And it so happens to be super close to where we live, so my roommate and I walked right over for brunch.
When you walk into Banter, the first thing you see is the coffee bar, which is probably the best way to be greeted if you ask me. There are two seated sections for the brunchers, left and right, and there are some high chairs for the customers who are just stopping by for a coffee. We took place at one of the cute little wooden tables. My pictures don't do the place any justice, so I'll refer you to their Instagram.
I pretended to check out the menu but I had actually had a sneak peek at it when I walked by before the opening day. There was one thing on the menu that really caught my eye: Nutella French toast. Although I’m not even a big Nutella fan, it sounded too outrageous not to try it.
So my order decision was quickly made, although I must say that everything on the menu sounded very appealing and very Aussie-brekky style. And if you read my Australia posts (here and here), you’ll know that Australians know like no other how to make a good breakfast.
After a short wait, our brekkies arrived and I was ready to attack the Nutella French toast beast that was placed in front of me. After a walk in the snowstorm, it was exactly what I was craving.
French toast can be made in many different ways. At Banter, they lightly coat thick slices of brioche bread before frying, so it's still super fluffy on the inside. This makes it much lighter than most French toast I’ve tried. To compensate, it’s topped with a big spoonful of Nutella mascarpone, a sprinkle of toasted almonds and seeds, sliced strawberries, maple syrup and caramelized banana. It’s quite a sweet combination, so for me personally it would have been great without the Nutella as well. But overall it was delicious and I loved the presentation (I LOVE a beautiful plate of food!)
My roommate went for a much healthier (gluten-free) option: the chia pudding with coconut yogurt, berries, and granola. Also delicious but a bit too sweet for my taste! The people next to us had the toast with mashed sweet potato and chickpeas and it looked amazing, so I must definitely try that next time!
I'm so happy with this new addition to the NY brunch scene, especially since it's so close by. I'm pretty sure Banter will become very popular very quickly, so if you want a delicious Aussie brunch and don't like queues, I'd suggest heading over there ASAP!
ps. Since it's run by Australians it goes without saying that the flat whites are amazing. I think it'll be my new go-to spot for takeaway coffee!
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