[invite] Bianca: Two trips to Penrith in the span of a week, who knew there was so much going on out west? High Street Social have recently introduced a weekend breakfast service. And with a new ex-Burger Head chef on board the burgs are also pretty impressive.
High Street is a bit of a nightmare at the moment but with a vision for a pedestrian friendly thoroughfare, the future is promising. HSS happens to be on the purdy completed end so no unsightly bollards or hi-vis to be seen.
A must is the Brekkie Burger -/w smashed beef patty, cheese, streaky bacon, sweet potato rosti, BBQ sauce $15. Take out the potato rosti and you have a pretty banging cheeseburger but as a morning burger the carby rosti kicks things up a few notches. We all really loved this burger, the BBQ sauce adding some sweetness.
Another favourite was the Bacon & Sweet Potato Rosti -w/ Poached eggs, avocado & Hollandaise sauce $18 (this is on the menu served with salmon). But nobody got time for that! If you’re a carnivore definitely swap out the salmon for bacon. Velvety creamy hollandaise, with the crispy bacon and potato rosti.
If you usually spring for the big breakfast, The Social Breakfast -w/ Poached eggs, streaky bacon, garlic mushrooms, smashed avocado, roasted tomato, chorizo & sourdough $22 will be right up your alley. Eggs were poached perfectly, the mushrooms full of flavour, generous portion of bacon and the avo well seasoned. Only comment I’d make was that I felt the eggs looked a lil minuscule on the toast.
For the healthy crowd you’ll be pleased to see 5 smoothie bowls on the menu. With the option to add protein powder & your toppings of choice. We went for the Acai Me -w/Acai berries, mango, coconut yoghurt, blueberries $13 + Peanut butter, granola $1 + Passion-fruit $2. Good flavour but the consistency was a little runny and we would have liked to have seen a little more peanut butter! We’re greedy!.
And finally, what drew me initially to the cafe. The Buttermilk Pancake Stack -w/ maple syrup, raspberry compote, seasonal berries, roasted milk chocolate sauce $17 + Caramelised Marshmallows $3. Three thin pancake stacks or one mega pancake? Get up close to make the call. I enjoyed the flavour, loved the sharp notes of the compote, the freshness of the berries. The toasted marshmallow was an interesting touch. Perhaps not as thick and fluffy as I prefer but a solid option for the area!
Strong brunch game for High Street Social! But I have my eyes on the burgers!
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of High Street Social.